Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla confirm split; fans, showbiz friends shocked

By Jennifer T. Santos, Correspondent

Popular reel and real love team of Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla is no more.

This as the young couple confirmed that they have broken up after 11 years of partnership in show business and in love life and in businesses as well, shocking their fans, showbiz friends and colleagues, some of whom appealed for calm and expressed the hope that they would soon reconcile.

The confirmation was made in separate posts by Kathryn and Daniel after rumors have persisted that they had gone their separate ways, bolstered by statements attributed to the actor’s mother, actress and TV host Karla Estrada, who allegedly confirmed the split.

Karla later denied the statements attributed to her regarding the rumoured split.

The breakup came days after Daniel was linked to actress Andrea Brillantes. Photos of Daniel and Andrea overseas circulated on social media. Andrea has not addressed the issue.

Kathryn and Daniel have been in a relationship since 2012 and have been hounded by breakup speculations.

Kathryn broke the sad news herself on social media Instagram on Nov. 30 with a lengthy statement addressed to fans, friends, family and others accompanied by photos. “Chapter closed,” the 27-year-old Kathryn wrote in her caption, while sharing an old photo of her and Daniel. “I hope this finally helps all of us move forward. I won’t be entertaining questions regarding this anymore. Thank you for understanding.”

Her full announcement:

“I’ve been in showbiz for almost 21 years now, 12 years as the one-half of Kathniel, and 11 years as someone who loved Deej even behind the camera.

“I didn’t grow up in this industry constantly being controlled and dictated on. I was lucky to have had the best guidance and support system when I started my career and I’ve continuously worked hard to earn people’s trust.

“But since I became an adult, I took it upon myself to take charge of my own life—the projects I work on, the way I dress, the people I surround myself with. I’ve always tried to be my own person. I was encouraged to think for myself and decide for myself. Even when it comes to love. Especially when it comes to love.

“I promised to never lose myself in this industry, so I’ve always been as authentic to you as I can be. I know what many of you are thinking right now. 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.

“What Deej and I had was real. It was never for show. 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.

“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.

“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.

“Deej, you gave me 11 beautiful years and the kind of love that I will forever cherish. I will always be grateful for you,” Kathryn ended.

Soon after Kathryn uploaded her post, Daniel responded with his own photo and statement on Instagram.

Daniel thanked his former longtime partner for all the memories they shared.

“Thank you for dancing with me during my highs and thank you for singing with me during my lows,” he said on Instagram as he also shared their photo together.

“Our lives may drift away, but our love will still ride that tide,” Daniel added.“Our lives may drift away, but our love will still ride that tide,” the 28-year-old Daniel wrote. “KathNiels, maraming salamat sa napakagandang pinagsamahan natin…. Magiging mahirap pero kailangan nating yakapin ang kinabukasan…. Bal, ang pagmamahal ko sa ‘yo ay walang hanggan at walang katapusan.”

Kathryn and Daniel first worked together in the youth-oriented series Growing Up, which aired from September 2011 to February 2012. Kathryn and Daniel then led their first primetime series Princess and I in 2012, and over its 10-month run, the show topped the evening ratings and grew a huge fan base, establishing KathNiel as a love team.

The two have since appeared together on multiple blockbuster projects, from the 2014 film She’s Dating the Gangster, to the 2018 film The Hows of Us. Their last big project with ABS-CBN was the 2023 series “2 Good 2 Be True”, which premiered on both free television and Netflix in an industry first.

In March 2023, Kathryn told fans that she would be starring in a comeback movie with Daniel, which will be helmed by their long-time directing partner Cathy Garcia-Molina. In a separate interview, Daniel said the film would be released in 2024

Kathryn and Daniel earlier denied the rumors they have broken up.

A Panay News report quoted Daniel denying the rumoured split with Kathryn.

Daniel dismissed rumors of his supposed breakup with Kathryn, as he admired the latter and expressed support for her recent fashion magazine cover, according to Panay News.

The actor shared a video of Kathryn  speaking to Preview magazine about the expectations and pressure from the public, as seen on his Instagram Stories on  Nov. 10. Daniel added in his post an animated photo of a cat, which appears to be a reference to Kathryn’s nickname “Kath.”

 In an August interview, Kathryn said she and Daniel want to focus on their respective priorities, adding that it’s not yet the time for them to get married.

Veteran showbiz columnist and radio-tv host Cristy Fermin had earlier reported that Karla confirmed the breakup of her son Daniel with long-time girlfriend Kathryn Bernardo.

Fermin made the revelation alongside her co-hosts Romel Chika and Wendell Alvarez in the Nov. 24 episode of “Showbiz Now Na!”

In her official Facebook page, Karla posted a report, dispelling it as not true.

“Ito po ay walang katotohanan,” Karla wrote in her post.

“Kailan man ay hindi ko pang hihimasukan o pangungunahan ang personal na buhay ng mga anak ko,” she added.

In an episode of “Showbiz Now Na,” Cristy claimed that Daniel and Kathryn are now really separated and the news was reported by Manila media, including the Philippine Star and Philippine Daily Inquirer.

“Kami po, maninindigan po kaming tatlo na hiwalay na si Daniel Padilla at si Kathryn Bernardo. Umamin na po si Karla Estrada sa isa niyang kaibigan na wala na, tapos na,” Cristy said as reported by Philippine Star.

“Ngayon, ang desisyon kung ipagpapatuloy pa nila ang relasyon na ito, magiging masaya po kami. Sana nga mauwi sa pagbabalikan ito,” she added.

Daniel and Kathryn breakup rumors began when showbiz insiders claimed that Daniel and Andrea Brillantes have been secretly seeing each other.

This led to Kathryn and Andrea unfollowing each other on Instagram.

Kathryn and Andrea have remained silent on the issue although those close to them deny the rumors.

Also,  Kathryn’s celebrity friends reportedly also unfollowed Daniel and Andrea over a rumored “betrayal.”

Published reports in Manila showed eagle-eyed social media users noticed that Chie Filomeno and Robi Domingo unfollowed Daniel and Andrea on Instagram, while Loisa Andalio and Miles Ocampo only unfollowed Andrea.

Earlier, veteran showbiz reporter Ogie Diaz claimed that a source told him that Daniel and Andrea were allegedly secretly seeing each other.

“Talagang pinag-uusapan sa social media ‘yung ngang diumano ang hiwalayan ni Daniel at Kathryn na ang dahilan daw ay si…” Ogie was quote as saying.

Ogie, however, clarified that nothing has been confirmed.

This as fans of Kathryn  and Daniel, also known as KathNiels, called him out for being a “fake news peddler.”

“Eh siyempre hindi naman to confirmed ha. Kaya dapat marinig din natin ang panig nila. Kasi nili-link si Daniel kay Andrea Brillantes,” Ogie was quoted as saying

“‘Di ba nakakaloka,” he added.

“Pero ‘di ba, Nay, dati may mga gano’n na chika?” asked Mama Loi again.

“Oo nga eh, hanggang ngayon ‘di mamatay-matay,” Ogie said.

“Hindi nga, na ang pinagselosan ni Kathryn ay si Andrea Brillantes. Na may nag-chika pa sa akin na nagkikita ng lihim o pasikretong nagkikita si Daniel at si Andrea…” he said in his talk show with Mama Loi.

Meanwhile, Philippine Star also reported a screenshot of Daniel’s supposed conversation with a fan is now viral on X, formerly Twitter.

“Relax na kayo aming mga Kathniels. Tama na ang pag aalala. Breathe.