Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray finally broke her silence on reports that she and her longtime boyfriend Clint Bondad have broken up.
In an interview with Boy Abunda, Gray confirmed reports that she is now single. In an emotional revelation, Gray shared that their relationship problems have started even before the Miss Universe competition started.
“It was really hard going through the competition with that happening all at the same time but I had to keep reminding myself this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I need to give my best of why am I here, that I want to represent the Philippines well,” Catriona said.
“So it was a struggle but you know, I see that he’s doing so well now and I don’t want to talk about it that much cause one, I’m private and two, I greatly respect him and I’m grateful for the time that I had with him. I just wish him the best,” our Miss Universe 2018 added.
The Fil-Aussie beauty queen revealed that she had been with Clint since she was 18 years old. They have been together for more than six years. Catriona said that somewhere along the way, they “outgrew each other.”
Catriona explained, “When you’re together for so long and you start off from a very young age, you grow. Whether that be in your personal or in your career –sometimes you just outgrow each other. “If we’re meant to be together, maybe it’d happen in the future but as of right now.. [Catriona shakes her head to imply “no”]”
Asked if the beauty queen still loves her former boyfriend, Catriona refused to give a clear answer but explained that she wanted to choose herself for now.
She said, “I’ve never really had the chance because being in a 6-year relationship from the age of 18, I’ve never been a young adult, especially a young growing Christian also in that season of singleness. And I think it’s really important as an individual because you need to know what you want, who you are to be establishing your identity as your own person. And I just want to take that time. I mean being a Miss Universe for a year is amazing experience and I just want to be able to grow in that kind of season as Miss Universe.”
Meanwhile, Clint had posted a heartwarming post after Catriona’s confirmation. On Instagram, the model-actor posted a previous interview he had where he said that Catriona “belongs to herself, first.”
Clint wrote, “Man, and here I am working so hard on my ‘bad boy’ image… I stand by all I have ever said about you. You are still the most beautiful woman that I have ever met. I wish you the very best on your path, wherever it will carry you… Truly.”
“This is certainly not what we both wanted, but most certainly what we both need at this point in our lives.”
And quoting James Blunt’s popular song “You’re beautiful”, Clint wrote, “But we shared a moment that will last ‘til the end.”
Click on the image to watch Catriona’s interview via ABS-CBN’s Youtube channel: