Aiko Me­len­dez:In­volved in a bar-brawl in­ci­dent?

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In her telling In­sta­gram post in, Au­gust 23, the 31-yearold Hamil­ton star re­vealed that Martin's God-cen­tered at­ti­tude was what made her fall deeply in love with him.

The photo was just a back shot of Martin taken out­side New York's Mu­sic Box The­ater. But she iden­ti­fied him by tag­ging his In­sta­gram han­dle @spiesmj and what seemed to be their shared ac­count's handl e @marthi­nushin.

Rachelle Ann's cap­tion read: "Look for a man who will not just pa­tiently wait for you af­ter work, carry your bag 'coz he knows you're tired, treat you like a queen, make you laugh con­stantly but also who puts God first and pray for/ with you. If he loves God first he will also honor & re­spect you all the days of your life! # Godl yMan"

Rachelle Ann gave this state­ment four months af­ter she first hinted about dat­ing Martin in New York via her own In­sta­gram posts. Aside from watch­ing the Broad­way play Get Down, the cou­ple's first few dates in­cluded tour­ing New York and go­ing to church with friends.

Last June, she also posted a sweet photo with Martin, who was cel­e­brat­ing his 30th birth­day at the time. It should be noted that Rachelle has re­frained from putting out de­tails about her beau.

But ac­cord­ing to his Linkedin pro­file, Martin is based in New York and cur­rently works as a gen­eral man­ager of Amer­i­can lux­ury fit­ness club Equinox. He grad­u­ated with a de­gree in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion ma­jor in Fi­nance at the Univer­sity of Florida.

Now that Rachelle's hap­pily in love, among the first to ex­press their ex­cite­ment for her re­la­tion­ship sta­tus is Broad­way su­per­star and The Voice PH's coach Lea Sa­longa.

Aiko ad­mit­ted that there was re­ally an un­to­ward in­ci­dent that hap­pened in Revel at the Place, Up­town Boni­fa­cio Taguig City last Au­gust 20.

“Paano ba... you know kasi, he is not from show­biz. When we parted ways, nagka­roon na kami ng us­apan na ayoko na siyang mag­ing parte ng buhay ko. I’d like to keep quiet. But un­for­tu­nately, last Satur­day [Au­gust 19], hindi ko alam na birth­day niya... The rea­son why I went to that place, The Revel, was be­cause my son [An­dre] was there, with the big group. So, I saw him there. I said, ‘Hi, hello,’ ganyan-ganyan. Un­for­tu­nately, I’m with a friend na kaibi­gan ko lang t al aga. "

Aiko was re­fer­ring to her friend Ken Al­fonso. Ken is an ac­tor/ singer who played the role of Gamil in "En­can­ta­dia". Was she and Shahin fight­ing which pos­si­bly cau sed the com­mo­tion?Or she felt vi­o­lated?

“I can’t say na I felt vi­o­lated but, you know... Siya ang pumunta kasi sa amin, e, sa grupo namin. He went to our ta­ble, I said, ‘Hello, hi.’ And then, when he ap­proached me, we were all ano… we were all, kum­baga kami, de­cent way on how to say hello, civil, di ba?” Tapos, kasayaw ko si Ken Al­fonso, yung friend ko, he’s my friend. We were all danc­ing, I’m with my son… The rea­son why I went there, I fol­lowed late, be­cause I wanted to pick up my son. He [Shahin] ap­proached us and, sud­denly, bigla na lang tina-trash talk niya si Ken. Ang point ko lang, sana lang re­spect my friends, kasi wala na na­man tayo. So, I told him, ‘Shahin, stop it.’ Luck­ily, he lis­tened, kaya lang nat­u­lak niya yung kaibi­gan ko. Sana lang next time, huwag ga­nun. Min­san na nga lang ako lumal­abas, makikita ko na nga lang siya min­san, may ga­nun pa? Kailan­gan ko rin na­mang ipag­tang­gol si Ken. Nakak­abas­tos yung gi­nawa niya dun sa kaibi­gan ko."

Aiko made it clear that there is noth­ing per­sonal go­ing be­tween her and Ken, their re­la­tion­ship is purely friend­ship. “Hindi, hindi, hindi... we're re­ally just friends.”

How did they end at the bar?

“Kasi, ang mga bounc­ers sa Revel are my good friends, so siyem­pre popro­tek­ta­han kami niyan. So, sabi ko na lang… "

Did she not greet Shahin on his birth­day that night?

"Alam mo, ang puno’t dulo nga daw, sabi ng com­mon friend namin, kasi daw hindi ko man lang siya bi­nati nung birth­day niya. Kasi nakalimu­tan ko sa so­brang kasabawan ko sa sched­ule ko, nakalimu­tan ko lang ta­laga, nag­tatampo siya sa akin. Pero hindi na­man ma­g­a­n­dang ka­palit yung tampo is man­u­lak siya nung kaibi­gan ko na wala na­mang ki­nala­man.”

As of press time, aiko and Shahin are not yet in good terms. As much as pos­si­ble Aiko would not want to speak on the de­tails of the said in­ci­dent.

"Mata­gal na kam­ing wala. I think it’s but the best for both of us to leave me in peace. I’m at peace right now with my life. Ayoko ng con­tro­ver­sies. Sana, he’ll stop post­ing sa In­sta­gram niya… You know, I didn’t have Face­book for a long time, two days ago lang ako nagkaFace­book ulit. So, a lot of peo­ple and our com­mon friends have been send­ing me what he was post­ing [about] me. So, sana lang huwag na mag­parinig, kasi it will not help any… It will not help me, it will not help him, move on na."

What's her mes­sage to her ex-boyfriend?

“I will not gonna say any­thing that will put him down. I’m just air­ing my side to apol­o­gize more on Ken. It’s be­cause he’s noth­ing to do with us, he’s noth­ing to do with our past. I al­ways wish Shahin the best. And I hope he does the sam e."

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