Paolo Contis has apologized to his longtime partner LJ Reyes, ex-wife Lian Paz, as well as their children, following his controversial breakup with Reyes.
Contis, in two lengthy Instagram posts on Wednesday night, also promised to work toward being a “better person and learning” from the controversy. He also addressed the public to direct “all your hate and bashings at me.”
Citing Reyes’ interview with TV host Boy Abunda, the actor denied he was under the influence of illegal drugs and maintained that he “never laid a finger” on his ex-partner and children Aki and Summer Ayana. The actress herself previously denied this claim as well.
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“Merong nagsasabi na meron siyang reliable source that I take drugs and as a result, sinasaktan ko si LJ at ang mga bata. This is NOT true. Minahal at inalagaan ko sila. I never laid a finger on them,” he added.
Contis said that he “respects” Reyes’ decision to stay in New York, USA, where her mother lives, to “rebuild” her family.
“I was very clear to LJ when I told her I want to see and take care of Summer kahit hindi kami okay. But I understand and respect her decision to go to the States muna. Sana balang araw makapag-usap kami ng maayos para sa bata. Madami pang kailangan pag usapan pero sa amin na lang ni LJ yun at sana respetuhin niyo yun,” he said.
Contis also publicly addressed Paz, who was also involved in the controversies surrounding his recent separation with Reyes. “I’m sorry sa lahat ng nadamay sa issue na to. I want to apologize to Lian and the kids, na nagulo na naman ang tahimik na buhay dahil sa akin,” he said.
He was in a relationship with Paz from 2008 to 2012 and they have two daughters. Contis and Paz were reportedly married in a civil wedding in 2009, and reports indicate that their marriage has yet to be annulled. Like Reyes, Paz tearfully confirmed their breakup in a tell-all interview.
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Contis then extended his apologies to Reyes, her children, and his own mother and team, “na hindi na nakakatulog dahil sa akin.”
“To Summer, I’m sorry my Ganda. I love and miss you so much. Papa will do his best to be better. I will always be here for you. I promise,” he said, in a message to his two-year-old daughter with Reyes.
Contis also addressed the 11-year-old Aki who, according to the actor, was aware of the fallout between him and Reyes. “I wish I could’ve done things differently and listened to you more. I’m sorry I failed you.”
He also added: “To LJ, I’m very sorry. For everything. Sa lahat lahat.”
The actor then addressed the public to “direct all your hate and bashings at me.”
“I will work on making myself a better person and learning from this. But for now, please respect our privacy and pray for us. Ngayon kung hindi pa po kayo pagod, please direct all your hate and bashings at me. No one else deserves it, ako lang,” he said.
Banner and thumbnail photos from @lj_reyes, @paolo_contis, and @liankatrina’s Instagram accounts