How will KathNiel breakup affect future love teams and showbiz projects?
It’s safe to say that most of the population that follows Filipino pop culture is still reeling from the pain of the Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla breakup. It is as if they have gone through their own heartache.
Kathryn and Daniel, also known as KathNiel, are the modern-day Sha-Gab (Sharon Cuneta and Gabby Concepcion) slash Guy and Pip (Nora Aunor and Tirso Cruz III) and even more in their own ways, so to speak.
Their more than a decade contribution to Philippine showbiz as a tandem exceeded expectations of success their network ABS-CBN has seen.
From their Must Be… Love film in 2013, Barcelona: A Love Untold in 2016, which ushered in their road to more mature roles, up until their last big project, which was ABS-CBN and Netflix’s 2 Good 2 Be True, fans were hooked and still are until the very end, when they announced that they wanted to do separate projects.
Though everyone is still trying to move on, it is good to point out Kathryn’s line in her breakup statement, “Our love story began with respect and ended with respect.”
I hope all breakups are like that. It reminded me of 2009’s coined term “conscious uncoupling” by Katherine Woodward Thomas and it was made popular in 2014 by Gwyneth Paltrow when she split with Coldplay’s Chris Martin.
Fifteen minutes after Kathryn’s statement, Daniel posted his own message also honoring what they had before they move on and heal from their separation. Even Daniel’s sisters commented on Kathryn’s post telling her they love her and showing the public that is how life is. That is the reality.
For the future love teams on their way to greater heights such as Donny Pangilinan and Belle Mariano’s DonBelle and Francine Diaz and Seth Fedelin’s FranSeth, the KathNiel story serves them so much lessons.
Let us add Barbie Forteza and David Licauco, who are purely colleagues with an amazing chemistry on screen, as proven by the BarDa fans club. But honestly this early on, it looks like DonBelle and FranSeth are also not really having an off-cam more than on-screen partners relationship at the moment, proving that it is possible to have strong connections on camera and it stays there.
Of course, KathNiel’s off-cam real-life