KathNiel no more.
Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla have broken up after 11 years together.
The actress finally put an end to speculations, confirming that she and Daniel have called it quits in an official statement released on Thursday night.
“I’m well aware of the rumors and speculations going around, and as hard as it is to put everything into words, I want you to hear it straight from me: It’s true that Deej and I have decided to part ways,” Kathryn said in an Instagram post.
The actress assured fans that their 11-year long romance was for real and never for show, writing endearing words for her now ex-boyfriend.
“We were together not because of the cameras, not because of the fans, not because of the money that comes with a successful love team. We were genuinely in love. We grew up together, dreamed together, and saw many of those dreams become a reality-still together.
“That’s almost half of my life that I would never regret and would never trade for anything in the world. These are 11 years that brought me joy, adventure, and the feeling of being home. Years that taught me the real meaning of unconditional love and friendship. He knew me more than anyone else. He was my first boyfriend. He was my comfort zone. He was my person. I will always have love for him.
Despite trying to make their relationship work, Kathryn said she and Daniel were already becoming distant before eventually deciding to end things.
“Like any other relationship, we tried our best to make it work. We’ve been drifting apart for a while now, and we ultimately had to accept that we can’t go back to where we used to be. It just won’t be fair to pretend that everything is still the same.
“These past few months have been tough, but thank you for giving us the time we need to process the pain and finally face the elephant in the room.Our love story began with respect and ended with respect.
Kathryn then addressed their fans, Kathniels, asking them not to take sides but continue to support and join them in healing and moving forward instead.
“Kathniels, we know you are hurting, and trust me, this also hurts us both more than you can imagine. The last thing we want is for this family to break apart with everyone taking sides— please don’t. Deej and I will continue to support each other as we try to heal and move forward from this.
“We will continue to love you and make you proud, but we hope you understand that this is something we really need. We hope you can join us in this healing process and not let those precious memories go to waste. Kaya natin ‘to.