Before Nadine Lustre, there was Ericka Villongco.
In early of 2011, James Reid became involved with Ericka, who, on her part, has made a name for herself as one of the singing duo, “Ericka and Krissy”. After their single “12:51” became a sensation, the pop-acoustic tandem continued to make hits, while at the same time keeping up with their Youtube channel.
For their song “Don’t Say You Love Me”, the duo decided to get the Kapamilya actor to star in its music video. Ericka and James would then become friends, and later on, a couple – only to end up in a split over three years later.
At the time of their breakup, Nadine has already entered James’ life.
In an interview with ABS-CBN in 2014, the actor revealed that his relationship with Ericka – now residing in California – didn’t end up on a good note. He said, though, that it was the best for the both of them.
“I wanted take my showbiz career seriously and I found it too hard at the same time –handling both a relationship and work –and I had such a big opportunity. I didn’t want to waste it. She [Villongco] understood naman.”
To be fair, Ericka handled the separation well. During previous interviews, she even defended Nadine, who was rumored to be the reason for their breakup at the time. Moreover, she called James as “loyal, faithful, [and very loving”.
Meanwhile, in later news, Ericka and Nadine were being pitted against by warring fans, although neither has spoken up about the issue.