PUTTING a pestering rumor to rest, PBA rising star Terrence Romeo on Friday categorically denied that he had a relationship with TV host-comedian Vice Ganda.
The GlobalPort rookie has long been linked to the popular showbiz personality from his days with the Far Eastern University team in the UAAP which Vice Ganda, an alumnus, has been openly supporting.
The rumors kicked up anew over the past two weeks when Vice Ganda, Jose Marie Viceral in real life, posted a tweet saying "It's over," suggesting that he has broken up with his boyfriend.
He followed that up with another cryptic tweet: “i TRied but im TiRed. time To Rest.”
Romeo was soon dragged into the fray by fans who feel he was the one Vice Ganda had just broken up with - rumors addressed by a statement on a Facebook page believed to be owned by the PBA rookie:
Contacted for comment by Spin.ph on Friday, Romeo denied that the statement or the Facebook page which was curiously followed by fellow PBA players was his.
But the 21-year-old conceded that the FB statement reflected what he had long wanted to say about long-standing rumors linking him to Vice Ganda.
“Hindi ko FB 'yun. Pero okay na rin 'yung ganun atleast alam ng mga tao. Mas okay na 'yung ganun na may nagsabi (sa Facebook para sa akin) ng ganun. Kasi totoo naman yung sinabi niya na wala kaming relasyon (ni Vice),” Romeo said.
“Sana matapos na 'yung isyu na 'yan, dahil paulit ulit lang naman na hindi katotohanan! Isang multo yan ng imahe ko na gusto ko nang mabura totally,” he added.
Romeo then pleaded with fans to stop spreading rumors against him: “Sana huwag na silang gumawa ng mga bagay na hindi totoo. Sariling buhay na lang nila yung pansinin nila.”
Even Romeo’s father, William, broke his silence to come to the defense of his son.
“Ako, nahihiya ako sa mga pangyayari na 'yan. Hindi ako masyadong nakikialam dahil takot ako na magsalita dahil hindi ko alam kung ano ang gagawin kong susunod,” said the elder Romeo.
“Matagal na akong hindi natutuwa dyan (sa story na yan). Yung istorya na 'yan, matagal na yan nasa FEU pa 'yan, na sinasabi nga daw ni Vice na, ‘May bago akong boyfriend,' na si Terrence, nanliligaw sa kanya.”
Romeo's father said he stopped himself from talking about the issue in the past on the advice of his wife, but admitted he had long wanted to talk to the popular comedian and television host.
“Pag may nadinig pa siguro ako, siguro kakausapin ko na siya. Pag nagsalita pa ulit siya, kakausapin ko na siya. Matagal ko na siyang gustong kausapin. Wala lang akong pagkakataon,” he said.
The Imus, Cavite-based Romeo said he believes his son's statements denying any relationship with Vice Ganda.
“Si Terrence talagang tinuturuan ko yan ng katuturan. So kung totoo man 'yang istorya na 'yan, sinuway niya ko. Dahil hindi naman lahat ng oras nakasama ko siya,” he said.
“Pero si Terrence, kumpleto ng aral sa akin 'yan. Pinaiiwas ko siya sa mga bagay na hindi mabuti,” he said.
Romeo also denied rumors that Vice Ganda gifted his son with a condominium unit and a Hummer SUV, insisting that the player only owns one car and stays in a condo unit provided by GlobalPort.
“Walang katotohanan 'yun. Kasi kahit pumunta ka sa condo ni Terrence, iisa lang ang kotse niya tapos yung condo niya, pabahay lang ng Globalport 'yun,” Mr. Romeo said.
Asked for his message to Vice Ganda, Terrence said: “Wala, wala. Ayoko na ng pinag-uusapan pa 'yun. Baka pag nag-message pa ako pangit naman. Wala naman akong sasabihin (sa kanya).”
Here's the full interview of Terrence Romeo: