Daniel Matsunaga and Heart Evangelista in a 2010 photo shoot. Photo from Matsunaga's Facebook fan page
MANILA - When "Pinoy Big Brother" winner Daniel Matsunaga finally exited the famous yellow house last Sunday, one of the first news to greet him was that his former girlfriend, actress Heart Evangelista, had just been engaged.
In a live interview on "Aquino & Abunda Tonight" on Monday, the Brazilian-Japanese model said he was told of the news by former housemate Alex Gonzaga.
Evangelista's boyfriend of over two years, Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero, proposed to the actress on Saturday night in Sorsogon, just a day before Matsunaga made headlines after being named "Big Winner" at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Pasay.
Asked for his reaction to the engagement, Matsunaga said: "Okay lang. Masaya ako para sa kanila, seriously. Move on talaga, matagal na."
Citing "cultural differences," Evangelista confirmed her breakup with Matsunaga in April 2012 after more than a year of being a couple. At the time, the actress had just spent a vacation in Matsunaga's hometown in Brazil. She stressed, however, that his family was kind and accommodating to her.
Evangelista and Escudero became officially a couple on July 30, 2012, but the senator only confirmed that status of their relationship in October that same year.
Following the confirmation, Matsunaga said he and Evangelista have managed to remain friends and that he is even open to meeting Escudero.
Meanwhile, Matsunaga said he intends to remain friends with "Pinoy Big Brother" housemate Vickie Rushton, whom he was romantically linked during their stint in the reality show.
The two have repeatedly denied being attracted to each other, after being teased for a time by their fellow housemates as a potential couple.
Rushton is in a relationship with actor Jason Abalos.
"Siyempre [we will remain friends]. Friends lang. [Kung ayaw ni Jason], okay lang. Pero siyempre, may respeto ako sa sarili ko atsaka kay Jason, 'diba. At sa umpisa, friends talaga kami," Matsunaga said.