Gerald Anderson and Maja Salvador break up

Walang forever. The break up of real life sweethearts Gerald Anderson and Maja Salvador is today's showbiz news headline and talk of the town.

The 26-year-old actor confirmed the rumored split on Tuesday during a press conference for his upcoming primetime series "Nathaniel," which will premiere on Monday.

Gerald's admission that he and Maja decided to "take a break" from the relationship ended speculations that surfaced over a month ago.

According to Aquino & Abunda Tonight co-host Boy Abunda, it has been seven weeks since the celebrity couple parted ways.

Gerald claimed they're in very good terms and communicating.

He said: "We're going through this together, we're taking things step by step together."

The actor did not go into details as to what caused the break up, whether it was a third party or due to lack of time with each other because of work.

He said: "Please, sana po respect our privacy and all I ask is please respect her as much as you can."

In the end, he thanked their fans, friends and family who have supported their relationship.

Gerald and Maja became an item two years ago. Their relationship caused the rift between the latter and her best friend Kim Chiu, the actor's ex-girlfriend and former love team partner. The two actresses patched things up last year.