Robert Bolick has spoken up about his controversial breakup with a fellow athlete, Aby Maraño, following negative comments posted by his mother online pertaining to his newly married wife.
On May 23, Northport Batang Pier's Bolick and his girlfriend, influencer Cassandra Yu, shared that they had exchanged vows in a civil wedding held in Cebu. The couple first made their relationship public in October of 2021 and announced their engagement on New Year's Day 2022.
“When the time is right, when the intention is clear, when the heart is ready, God will surely let you experience being loved by the person He prepared for you," they wrote in a joint Instagram post.
Seemingly in response, Robert's ex-girlfriend of 8 years and volleyball player Maraño wrote a tweet the following day, alluding to Robert and Cassandra's wedding caption.
"When the time is right — iretri mo. GGWP," Aby wrote. "Retri" is a term in the game Mobile Legends when a player wants to steal an ability or item from another. It is a shorthand for retribution or vengence.
This wouldn't be the first time that Maraño has seemingly made allusions to Robert and Cassandra's romance. When they made their relationship public, Aby also tweeted out: "Lord, Tabang" along with some Instagram Stories about healing.
After Maraño's tweet, Robert Bolick shared a lengthy social media post accusing his ex-girlfriend of acting like a "victim."
"Una sa lahat [Aby] wag ka masyado feeling victim alam mo naman yung rason bakit ganun alam mo ginawa mo kumalat pa nga eh pero never ko linabas kasi kailangan pag-usapan yun as a couple," Bolick wrote. He also accused the athlete of getting an abortion during their relationship.
"Masyado ka na diyan, tsaka sobra na rin alam mo ginawa mo buntis ka tapos nagpalaglag ka tama ba yun? Sino ba naman lalaki gusto sumama sa isang babaeng ganun? Mismo pamilya mo di alam, paano pa kaya teammate mo alam ba nila?"
He went on to defend his wife and said that there was no overlap between the two relationships since he was already looking for someone new when he met Cassandra.
"Kaya nga nagpapasalamat ako na dumating asawa ko ngayon. Wala naman talaga siya kinalaman eh, di naman ng agaw never nangyare yun," he wrote. "Decision ko talaga na makipagkita na sa iba kasi wala na tayo eh, alam mo kasalanan mo tanggapin mo."
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Bolick also called on his family to support his decision to be wed: "Sa aking pamilya, mahal na mahal ko kayo di niyo lang talaga alam nangyayare for sure kasalanan ko kasi di ako nagsabi, pero paano mo sabihin mga ganung bagay sa pamilya mo?"
"Pero kahit ganun pa man, mahal na mahal ko kayo at welcome kayo sa buhay namin ni cassandra at sa magiging anak namin in the future."
His post came in the wake of comments left by his mother, Zeny Bolick on a post about Robert and Cassandra's wedding photos on the Philippine STAR's Facebook account. Ms. Bolick said they weren't informed of their ceremony and have yet to be introduced to Cassandra.
"I don't like this girl and she is not welcome in my house either in Ormoc or in the US."
Maria Carmela Yu, who referred to herself as Cassandra's sister, Carmela, then replied to Zeny's comment, saying she also does not approve of Bolick and calling him a "bad influence."
"They hid their marriage from us, our mother had to find out about it through someone else," she said.
Despite this, Carmela said that they have welcomed Robert into their home.
Meanwhile, Robert ended his post by thanking his supporters and requesting people to focus their critiques on his basketball career and not his personal life.
"Sa basketball ok lang siraan niyo ako kahit ano alam niyo naman di ako papatol at masayang masaya pa ako kasi nakikita niyo mali ko at ok sa akin yun walang problema..."
"Pero naman konting respeto lalo na sa mahal ko sa buhay asawa ko pamilya ko wag niyo naman sila ganunin kasi ibang usapan na yun."
PhilSTAR L!fe has reached out to Maraño for her comment.