MANILA - Actor Joseph Bitangcol said he is happy for the success of his former girlfriend, Sandara Park, who is now one-fourth of the popular K-Pop girl group 2NE1.
Park and the rest of 2NE1 are currently in the Philippines for a concert.
In an interview with the entertainment website Push, Bitangcol denied rumors of awkwardness between him and Park.
He went on to praise his ex-girlfriend for staying the same despite her newfound fame.
"Magaling pa rin siya mag-Tagalog at saka 'yung pagmamahal niya sa Pilipinas mararamdaman mo at nakakatuwa," he said after reportedly meeting Park during her guest appearance on the ABS-CBN talk show "Gandang Gabi Vice."
Park and Bitangcol met each other during the first season of ABS-CBN's reality-based talent competition Star Circle Quest, where they were both contestants.
Bitangcol maintained that he is still on good terms with Park, who left the Philippines in 2007 to embark on a new career in her native South Korea.
"Nagkita na rin kami ng ilang beses so okay naman. Medyo nagkakailangan lang ng kwento but yeah, we're friends," he said.
Park, along with her girl group 2NE1, will perform at the Mall of Asia Arena this weekend as part of their "All Or Nothing" tour.
When asked if he will be able to attend the said concert, Bitangcol said: "Baka hindi kasi may commitment ako."
He did reveal, however, that other Star Circle Quest 2004 alumni are hoping to see Park for a small get-together. "They are planning, but I'm not sure if magpu-push through kasi busy lahat," he said.
For his message to the pop star, Bitangcol said: "More blessings to come at sana hindi siya magbago kasi ‘yun ‘yung minahal sa kanya ng mga Pilipino, at saka more success."