In a TWBA interview first aired on March 2019, Nadine Lustre had nothing but sweet words for her boyfriend, now ex, James Reid. At that time, Nadine even got misty eyed as she expressed how James helped her recover from all the pain she went through and become a better version of herself. James used to be her everything. “’Yung naging transition ko from who I was before to the person I am now is so beautiful na kahit hindi na kami ni James, he will always have a place in my heart. Kasi nag-grow kami. Sobrang different kaming dalawa before”, Nadine shared.
She felt a sting of sadness and almost shed tears as she imagined how her life would be different without him. “Naiiyak ako. Kasi iba talaga like I’m really grateful that he came into my life. It was so different before.” When asked if James is the man she would spend the rest of her life with, Nadine’s response was, “I hope so. Even if he’s not, I’ll always be thankful for him”.
At that point of the interview, Boy Abunda was curious on the uncertainty in Nadine’s tone. “I think he was the biggest instrument in my healing and discovering myself, finding myself”, the tearful Nadine stated.
But February this year, a few days before their supposed fourth anniversary as a couple, JaDine announced their shocking breakup.
Despite the split-up, it is safe to say that the ex-lovers were good for each other. Nadine was very vocal on how James influenced her into becoming wiser and more mature, a woman who no longer feels scared when problems arise. She has become a lot logical, as how she put it. “Now, I learned to handle it properly. I learned to let the bad stuff go. I don’t hold grudges anymore. I’m always positive and very calm now. I learned how to communicate and open up”. As a couple, they didn’t like talking about the past or prying on each other’s whereabouts, at peace with their devotion towards one another.
She also denied the engagement issues that circulated that time.