Chanathip “Jay” Songkrasin and actress Pitchanart “May” Sakhakorn at the end of a football match last year. (Supplied photo)
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Popular actress Pitchanart “May” Sakhakorn shockingly announced on her Instagram account on Thursday she is breaking up with rising football star Chanathip Songkrasin, who is playing in Japan.
“I have felt uneasy with the present situation for over 10 days. I haven’t been able to live with it yet. And I don’t think I can. I am about to suffer depression. Our love has come to a dead-end,” Pitchanart wrote.
She was last seen with Chanathip, who plays centre for the national team, at a Jan 7 farewell party the Football Association of Thailand threw for him and two other Thai footballers befor they left to play abroad. He joined the Consadole Sapporo football club in Japan.
Pitchanart told media they loved each other very much and planned to get married.
Chanathip’s parents had asked they put off the wedding day until the construction of the family’s football field, costing 30 million baht, in Nakhon Pathom is finished, and for his ordination.
Both conditions had been met, but his mother then said the next auspicious moment for their marriage was not for another three years. She also did not think they could live together happily because both were born in the Year of the Rooster and would always fight each other.
Both had burst into tears, she said. Pitchanart is 36 years old and Chanathip is 24.
Pichanart said her parents had been happy they planned to wed and Chanathip told her to wait and he would find a solution, but she did not want him to be in a conflict with his parents.
Chanathip’s father, 53-year-old Kongphop Songkrasin, told the media on Thursday he was shocked by the actress’s announcement and he guessed it was prompted by his family’s request they wait for another two years because Chanathip was still building his future.
Pichanart seemed to want to get married this year, he said.
The two met when they appeared as guests on the same TV show in 2015. They announced their relationship the following year.