Jaypee defends ex-girlfriend Janine Tugonon

MANILA – Jaypee Santos, the former boyfriend of 2012 Miss Universe first runner-up Janine Tugonon, appealed to the public not to take sides following their breakup.

Tugonon, who appeared on “KrisTV” with Santos on Tuesday, admitted they have called it quits and the reason for the breakup is reportedly the beauty queen’s attraction to The Script’s lead vocalist Danny O’Donoghue.

In his Twitter account on Wednesday, Santos wrote: “Please pray for us… stop na taking sides.. i just want this to be okay. thanks po sa inyong lahat :'(“

Santos is referring to the social media reaction to their breakup, with some netizens putting the blame on Togonon.

Facebook user Sarah Oballes said: “Just because she almost became the Ms. Universe it makes her loved one less of a person and not good enough for her??? Ganun!!!”

Nathan Coning Mazon said: “Dapat model sya ng community lalo n sa kabataan tapos ganyan pinapakita nya. simpleng tao ung sinaktan nya. oh well ok lng yan bro mrami nman jan hehehe.”

But on Wednesday, Santos defended his ex-girlfriend, saying Tugonon is “a very wonderful person, worth the love and the wait.”

“We both decided to let each other go so that she can spread her wings on her own. Marami magagandang bagay ang naghihintay sa kanya,” he told ABS-CBN News in a text message.

Santos also believes everything happened for a reason.

“’Di naman kami papabayaan ni Lord. Malay natin bandang huli kami pa rin. But there’s one thing I’m sure of. She’s still my God’s grace and favor,” he said.

Replying to his Twitter followers, Santos said he is still hoping they can work out their problems.

“Still hoping na maayos. I still believe it will. Trust lang kay Lord,” he said. “Dont worry. it’s not over yet.. every story has a happy ending. kapit lang.”

He also cleared O’Donoghue’s name, who is reportedly in constant communication with Tugonon. Santos even jokingly told one of his followers that he’ll just put up a band named “The Lyrics.”

“Nothing’s going on between janine n danny. we’re just having a rough time. the reason is not because of other guy. wag po natin husgahan agad. She just needs time.. Time for herself not for another guy,” he said.

Tugonon and Santos were a couple for over a year.