The first half of July is abuzz with a controversial coming out, dating and breakup revelations, drug use, pregnancy rumors, and more.
From Ian King to Angelina Mead King
Angelina Mead King
True love means embracing your partner’s happiness even if it means defying the norm. Model Joey Mead King proved to the world how much she loves her husband Ian King when the latter revealed himself as a trans woman. He dropped his former name Ian King in favor of Angelina Mead King.
In an interview with Tim Yap on Philstar.com, King said that since he was a kid, he already had a thing for wearing women’s clothes including shoes, lingerie and make-up. He kept this part of himself a secret from his family and friends because of fear of rejection. However, he was open about this aspect of his life with Mead.
In a private Instagram account @hailtothe_queen, King felt free to express his real self; away from judgmental eyes.
It came to a point where King couldn’t hide any longer. After a break down, he decided to tell his father and family about his secret. Based on the interview, the late Archie King had a hard time accepting the truth in the beginning but he eventually gave him his support. His biological mother and stepmom also gave him their support.
Just this month, King decided to make his Instagram account public and word quickly spread.
They did not expect to receive outpouring support. Their worst fears vaporized when people expressed their admiration for their unconditional love.
King now feels comfortable about sharing photos of himself wearing women’s clothes and make-up. His family and friends have welcomed Angelina Mead King with open arms.
Luis Manzano dating Jessy Mendiola
It seems like the host of “Minute to Win It: The Last Man Standing” Luis Manzano has a thing for “Philippine’s sexiest women”. The television host recently confirmed that he is dating actress Jessy Mendiola who has been voted the “2016 sexiest woman in the Philippines” by men’s magazine, FHM. Manzano’s former girlfriends namely Angel Locsin and Jennylyn Mercado also earned the same title in the past.
News about Manzano and Mendiola dating came out after several photos of them together circulated online.
In an interview, Mendiola said that as a single woman, she believes that there’s nothing wrong about going out with an unattached man.
“I am not the type naman to be so cautious about it or be so scared na makita ako ng ibang tao sa labas kasi I am single. I don’t have any problems with going out with other people,” she told ABS-CBN News.
Although the Mendiola did not confirm if Manzano is courting her, she did not deny that the TV host has a chance. She thinks that Manzano is a good guy and any girl would be lucky to have him. No pun intended.
The actress stressed that she is enjoying her life right now and having a boyfriend is not a top priority.
In a separate interview, Manzano said the Mendiola has nothing to do about his break-up with Locsin.
Sarah Geronimo pregnancy rumors
When “Pop Princess” Sarah Geronimo did not renew her contract as one of the judges on “The Voice Kids” season 3 and backed out from her performance at the MTV Music Evolution last month due to alleged health concerns, it sparked pregnancy rumors.
Geronimo’s manager and Viva Entertainment chairman Vic del Rosario, a.k.a. Boss Vic denied that the singer-actress is pregnant.
“Hindi buntis si Sarah! Paano mabubuntis ‘yon, eh, virgin pa ‘yon!” Boss Vic said on Push.
“Virgin Mary, ganoon? Immaculate? Hindi, di ba? Paano mabubuntis ang virgin? Maniwala kayo!” he added.
There is also another rumor circulating that Geronimo plans to study abroad.
According to Boss Vic, the singer is on a two-month break (July and August) because it has been a long time since she had a long vacation.
Geronimo’s boyfriend, Matteo Guidicelli denied the rumors. He said in an interview with ABS-CBN News that he heard of the said gossip and claims that it’s not true. The actor said that Geronimo just needs a short break from showbiz to improve her health.
Although Geronimo did not give any details, she told her fans not to worry about her health problem because it’s nothing serious.
Donita Rose confirms separation with husband
Actress Donita Rose told Pep.ph that she and husband Eric Villarama have gone separate ways after being married for 12 years. She said that they tried to work out their differences for more than two years but they couldn’t save their marriage.
According to the actress, it’s not the long distance relationship that led to their breakup. It’s more than that.
Donita Rose admits that she was shocked when she found out about her ex-husband’s Instagram post featuring a photo of him and an unidentified woman with the caption, “26 years later.” Another photo shows the same couple with the caption #happy.
Now that the photos are out, the actress has no choice but to admit their status to the public. However, Donita Rose is not ready to share further details about their separation. She has no regrets because she knows that she has done everything she could to save their marriage.
Senator Tito Sotto and Jose Manalo branded sexist by netizens
Some netizens denounced Tito Sotto’s inappropriate comments on national TV. On July 9, 2016, a contestant on Eat Bulaga revealed that there was a time in her life when her husband’s friends took sexual advantage of her while she was under the influence of alcohol.
Instead of feeling sorry for the victim, Senator Sotto and co-host Jose Manalo blamed the woman for what happened to her.
“Ang may kasalanan ng lahat na iyan ay yung pag-inom. Yung pa-shot shot. Kababae mong tao, shot shot shot ka,” Sotto said.
“Umiinom ka na, naka-shorts ka pa” Manalo said. Manalo then rolled up the leg of his pants as high as he could to reveal his bare leg.
Netizens claimed that Sotto and Manalo were victim-blaming.
The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) has summoned the producers of “Eat Bulaga” to discuss the issue.
Jay-R Siaboc admits using illegal drugs
Pinoy Dream Academy first runner-up Jay-R Siaboc heeded the call of President Rodrigo Duterte for drug addicts and pushers to surrender to the authorities.
The 29-year old singer voluntarily presented himself to the police station in Toledo City, Western Cebu last July 12, 2016. He was accompanied by his wife and cousin. His decision to surrender was prompted by allegations on social media that he is a widely known drug pusher.
According to ABS-CBN News, Siaboc confessed that he is a drug user but denied that he peddles illegal substances. Supt. Samuel Mina Jr. said that more than 200 drug pushers, including Siaboc surrendered to them that day. They all signed an oath to stop using illegal drugs.
Pinoy Dream Academy’s first winner Yeng Constantino was shocked when she heard the news. She supports Siaboc’s decision to change and start a better life.
Photos: Angelina Mead King screencap from Instagram account @hailtothe_queen; Donita Rose screencap from Instagram account @realdonitarose; Luis Manzano and Jessy Mendiola screencap from Instagram account @senorita_jessy; Tito Sotto screencap from Youtube.