|Michelle Barrera and Diether Ocampo
MANILA, Philippines -- More than two years after his publicized breakup with his former girlfriend, model Rima Ostwani, Diether Ocampo admitted that he is now in a new relationship.
The 38-year-old Kapamilya actor confirmed this at the sidelines of a press conference held Tuesday for the successful pilot week of his primetime series "Apoy sa Dagat."
"It took a while, dahil syempre alam mo naman, pagdating sa aspeto na 'yan, tahimik lang tayo, I'd just rather focus on work," Ocampo told ABS-CBN News.
The long-time Star Magic talent is referring to his relationship with equestrian medalist Michelle Barrera, a Filipina-Australian whose accomplishments include competing in the 2011 Southeast Asian Games.
"Now I want to share it with you because it's good news," Ocampo said of his relationship with Barrera. "I'm proud to say na, 'Hey, it's nice to feel good especially pag February, month ng mga puso."
"Mainit ang aking summer ngayon, kaya ako pinagpapawisan, dahil may nagpapainit ng mga sandali," he added, laughing.
When asked how long he has known Barrera, Ocampo said it's been "years." "I can say na it's been a while. [Ngayon lang siya nagbo-blossom] of course, at masarap 'yung ganoong pakiramdam. You learn a lot from a partner like that," he said.
While he met Barrera in Paris, France during one of his professional engagements there, the former teen star said his girlfriend is based in Australia. But Ocampo said he hopes Barrera will consider staying in the Philippines for good.
"Sa mga ganitong sandali, hindi ko pa masabi kung ano 'yung mga plano, pero I hope that she stays, kasi she's really enjoying her stay here in the Philippines," he said.