Catriona Gray confirms breakup with long-time boyfriend

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 23) — The queen is now without a king.

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray confirmed she and long-time boyfriend Clint Bondad are no longer a couple in an interview with Boy Abunda Friday.

"Cat, kayo pa ba ni Clint Bondad [are you and Clint Bondad still together]?" Abunda asked.

"Hindi na po [No we aren't]," Gray answered.

When asked if she was single, the beauty queen replied in the affirmative.

Gray, however, would not reveal who initiated the split, only saying she and Bondad have been having problems even before the Miss Universe pageant.

"Me, I'm a very private person kasi, and even before I left for Thailand we weren't on speaking terms so much," she said in the interview.

Despite their rift, Bondad still went to watch Gray win the crown for the country.

Gray said she found it difficult to go through the competition given their situation, but she reminded herself being part of the Miss Universe pageant was a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

Despite the breakup, Gray seems to bear no ill will against her former flame.

"I see that he's doing so well now, and I don't want to talk about it that much, one because I'm private and, two I greatly respect him and I am grateful for the time I had with him. I just wish him the best," she said.

"When you're together for so long and you start off from a very young age, you grow - whether that be in your personal or in your career, or whatever — and, you know sometimes, you just kind of outgrow each other in a way. And you know, if we're meant to be together maybe it'll happen in the future."

There was no confirmation from Catriona when asked if she still loved Bondad, she instead said she would always be grateful for the time they spent together.

Bondad, meanwhile, addressed the issue via a post on social media.

"I stand by all I have ever said about you. You are still the most beautiful woman that I have ever met. I wish you the very best on your path, wherever it will carry you...Truly," he said on Instagram.

Bondad added what happened may not have been what they wanted, but it was what they needed at this point in their lives.