by Michael Joe T. Delizo
Months after hitting headlines for allegedly dumping her boyfriend, Jaypee Santos, Miss Universe 2012 first runner-up Janine Tugonon has announced her decision to leave the country “for good.”
Appearing in a live interview on “The Buzz,” the 23-year-old pharmacy graduate shared that she plans to study in the US, noting that “there’s life after the whole negative thing.”
“Kasi naman po ever since I really wanna study abroad. It’s just that this time, there’s an opportunity na talaga and I can study na talaga. And at the same time, I wanna try other things (like) modelling do’n,” she added.
Despite her decision, the beauty queen clarified that she will return to the Philippines “every now and then” to attend events and fulfill her contracts.
Before leaving, Janine addressed the controversies hounding her, including the much-publicized split with her boyfriend.
While admitting that The Script vocalist Danny O’Donoghue is “one of the reasons,” she claimed that “there’s a bigger story behind that breakup” before she even met the Irish star, who had Manila concert, together with his band, last March 31.
“I think I was misunderstood. Parang iba yung na-perceive ng tao.
“I think we (Danny and I) just talked. Of course, I admit I got attracted, I said that on ‘Kris TV.’ Of course, who wouldn’t? I love the band ever since, I love their music a lot. So of course, I got attracted,” she said.
Janine owned up to the mistake of disclosing their breakup on Kris Aquino’s talk show. However, she emphasized that the split was a mutual decision and they have their “main reason,” which she opts to keep private.
“I admit I was at fault because of what happened. The ‘Kris TV’ interview, it was my fault. But the relationship, kaming dalawa ang involved doon, eh. May dahilan pa,” she added.
Janine claims to have become more prudent in light of the backlash to her disclosure.
“Ngayon I think I’m stronger and mas maingat na rin and at the same time, ngayon, alam ko na ‘yung mga susunod kong gagawin,” said she.
Meanwhile, the beauty queen brushed off romance rumors with actor Benjamin Alves after they were spotted together at the 9th Cinemalaya Awards Night.
“He’s not my boyfriend, we’re not even dating. It’s funny because people saw us at Cinemalaya and they said it was a date. I was with Jonas (Gauffud, her manager) and Cheska (a friend) that night…It was a four of us. Benjamin Alves is a very good friend of mine. People see us outside because we go to the same church. We eat usually after the church with other friends,” she explained.