After the disturbing posts of Brazilian model- actress Daiana Menezes on social networking sites about violence against women, her partner Cagayan de Oro Rep. Benjamin Benaldo finally broke his silence to address the issue.
Benaldo admitted that he and Daiana “fought because of love” and that she has already forgiven him. The cryptic posts of Daiana about domestic violence created speculations and caused alarm to her followers.
“Today, Daiana and I have settled our differences. We are together out of love. We fought because of love. She has forgiven me because she truly loves me. I am truly blessed,” Benaldo said in a statement sent to TV Patrol and ABS-CBN News on Thursday, June 13.
One of Daiana’s posts shows a photo of an arm with bruises and cuts. (The post has since been deleted.) She also posted photos seeking to stop “rape” and “domestic violence.”
Benaldo asks for understanding regarding Daiana’s cryptic online posts.
“Like any couple, Daiana and I encounter problems. We try to resolve them privately. I have apologized to her and she has accepted. On behalf of Daiana's actions on social media (Twitter, Instagram), we seek the understanding of everyone regarding her posts on her advocacies seeking help and support,” he added.
Benaldo also admitted that he and Daiana are more than partners.
“Daiana and I got married civilly in Las Vegas. Since then, we have been preparing for the big religious ceremony as we previously announced,” he said.