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For the first time, Dennis Padilla shared his account when he accidentally crossed paths with daughter Julia Barretto at a gym where both of them regularly go to three months ago.
Speaking on “Magandang Buhay” on Thursday, Padilla said it took over a year before his accidental meeting with Barretto happened.
“By accident, nagkita kami sa gym kasi kung saan 'yung gym niya, doon din ako nag-gi-gym. Nagyakap kami sandali. Hindi ako nakapagsalita,” he recalled.
Padilla said he then distanced himself as his daughter worked out fearing that he might break down in tears.
“Nung yumakap ako, ang nasabi ko lang ‘I love you, anak.’ Yun lang, maikli lang. Tapos lumayo muna ako dahil maiiyak ako eh ang daming tao,” he said.
Padilla said it was only when Barretto was about to leave that he approached his daughter again.
“Noong parang aalis na siya, sabi ko, ‘Julia, puwede ba pa-picture tayo?’ Tapos nagpa-picture kami. Lumabas sa Internet 'yung picture namin sa gym.”
“’Yung pagkikita namin na 'yun, one year 'yun. Mahirap, masakit mahiwalay sa asawa pero mas mahirap mahiwalay sa mga anak,” he added.
While admitting his shortcomings as a father, Padilla said he would like to improve his relationship with his children.
“Dadating ang panahon na iyon kaya lang gusto ko sana agad kasi hindi ka naman bumabata. Gusto ko sana agad habang malakas pa ako,” he said.
In May, Barretto clarified that things were okay between her and Padilla even before they saw each other at the gym.
“As a daughter, it makes me really happy because at the end of the day, he’s still my dad. No matter what, gusto ko sa huli okay kami, walang hard feelings,” she said.