After 19 years of marriage, actor Romnick Sarmenta and actress Harlene Bautista confirmed that they have decided to part ways.
A close friend of the couple related the news to PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) last Thursday, October 4, 2018.
It was not divulged as to what the reason was. Instead, an official statement was released via the source person.
“An appeal for privacy”
“Romnick and I have five beautiful children, whom we love and treasure very much – we have spent many years together as best friends and partners in everything that we have done.
“Even more so in raising our family.
“We will always be great friends if not the best of friends.
“With the greatest respect and mutual love, wanting nothing but happiness for each other we have decided to part ways.
“We would like to appeal for privacy, for our children and for each other as well.
“Being public figures, we know that this will not go unnoticed—and we didn’t want speculations, rumours and gossips to destroy the wonderful memories we share, the peace that we continue to have as best friends.
“We both decided that it would be best to issue a statement, in an intention to let this be the first and last time that we talk about it.
“Neither he nor I wish to speak at length about the matter, seeing as to how how we had been able to keep the fact for as long as we have.
“We request that our individual supporters, friends and family refrain from making comments or issuing statements that may hurt or offend not only ourselves, but most importantly our beloved children
“We thank you, for the prayers and support— and most of all for respecting our wishes.
“God bless you.”
Romnick Sarmenta and Harlene Bautista were both stars from 80’s variety show That’s Entertainment.
At first, Romnick was paired with Sheryl Cruz as a loveteam, but in real life it was Harlene that he pursued.
They were married thrice. First was through a civil wedding in 1999, then a church wedding in U.P followed a year after. They also renewed their vows in 2002 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They have five kids namely Abijah, Seki, Bo, Merel, and Yuwela.