MANILA, PHILIPPINES — “I own up to the mistake of not making my relationship status public because I felt there’s no need to add up to what we’re going through,” he began. “Please respect our decision to keep it to ourselves so that we can preserve what’s left of our friendship.”

The basketball player spoke up about this statement released on his Twitter page on Friday, June 9.

Rivero opted not to name Brillantes in his post, but fans immediately presumed that he was talking about his romance with the actress as he opened up about his “relationship status.”

As he called it quits, Rivero then apologized for the “disappointments” their split had caused, at the same time appealing to the public to refrain from making “false accusations” for the reason that netizens are accusing the basketball player of cheating on his latest girlfriend.

The cheating speculations apparently exploded from a sudden-deleted Instagram Story of Rivero, wherein he shared a photo of himself taken and posted by beauty queen-turned-politician Leren Mae Bautista.

It can also be noted that Rivero spent his birthday last May 25 with Bautista in Los Baños, where the latter serves as a municipal councilor.

Rivero and Brillantes officially became a couple in April last year when he asked the actress to be his girlfriend after his University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) basketball game.

Brillantes has not yet to publicly address anything regarding this issue.