It’s been more than a year after Kapamilya artists and prime loveteam James Reid and Nadine Lustre, or more popularly known as ‘Jadine’, since they admitted in public that they are in a relationship. In an interview last year, the couple revealed they became official on the 11th of February 2016.
Fans who watched the JaDine In Love concert last year have witnessed James’ love for Nadine as he told her, in front of a huge crowd, that he loves her. Some speculated that the sweet act was just for the publicity stunt of the tandem as both were under Viva Artists Agency. Despite this, they have already proved that they are indeed an item.
Prior to Nadine, James had a long-term relationship with singer and actress Ericka Villongco. She is one of the acoustic duo Krissy and Ericka who popularized the pop ballad 12:51.
James and Ericka lasted for three years, and the young singer admitted that it was a bad break-up.
“We went steady for more than three years and then we broke up,” Ericka revealed during a presscon interview in 2014.
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“It was a bad break-up,” she added, without explaining why.
Ericka was also part of the film “Relaks, It’s Just Pag-ibig” which featured in the lead roles Sofia Andres and Inigo Pascual. During a separate press conference, she shared that it was her first time to speak out about her separation with James.
“I wish that we had that closure. I wish we were able to talk. I wish I was also able to say my side of the story. Kasi this is the first time I’m telling my side,” she told the press.
When asked if she has already moved on, she said, ”It’s been almost been five months, I can say I’m much happier now. The only regret is that I wish that we were able to end civilly or like friends. It’s hard, kasi every day in social media, I see his name all over, that’s what makes it hard.”
Ericka also admitted that she and ex-boyfriend were supposed to talk things over, but it never occured as the latter was busy with his upcoming movie and that it would be better that way.
“We were supposed to talk after his movie, but hindi natuloy. Parang umiwas din kami sa isa’t isa kasi it would be harder for both of us. Friends? Maybe in the future,” Ericka said.
“I bumped in to him few times pero deadma lang. We have common friends, but wala, we don’t really mind each other. We just look at each other and that’s it,” she revealed.
The singer-actress also shared that she wouldn’t mind if James and Nadine end up together.
“She was very nice, very down to earth. Honestly, I wouldn’t mind if it will be Nadine. Kasi, when I met her, she’s very warm, she was down to earth, just like James,” she said.
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Despite what their relationship went through, Ericka still shared that James is her soulmate, and was still open to rekindle their romance.
“I would say he’s my soulmate, maybe he thinks the same of me, but that’s why he wanted to save it,” she shared.
“Three and a half years kami. We were very in love. A lot of people saw our relationship bloom, marami ang humanga. Even though it wasn’t onscreen or anything, but a lot of people love us together.”
“We can never unlove a person, that’s what I believe. I still care for him,” she said.
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