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Julia opens up about her pregnancy and marriage

Nov 4, 2006
Actress-TV host Julia Clarete reveals the facts that led to her big 'sacrifice'
Actress and TV host Julia Clarete shied away from the limelight after news broke that she was pregnant and married in civil rites to her businessman boyfriend Stephen Ryan Uy.

After a few weeks, Julia appeared on the show she co-hosts—the longest running and most successful noontime show in the Philippines, Eat Bulaga!—and the show biz talk show S-Files to answer not a few questions that emerged from the controversy.

Was she really pregnant? Was there a wedding that took place in La Union? Why did she leave all her commitments hanging? Who is her businessman husband? Why didn’t her family know of their union?

In her taped interview aired on Eat Bulaga!, Julia first confirmed she was indeed pregnant and that she had to leave the show temporarily because of a delicate pregnancy.

Julia said the child was a gift from God and she would sacrifice anything just to ensure her baby was safe.

“Hindi ako makakabalik [sa Eat Bulaga] kasi kahit kayong mga ina diyan na nanonood, maiintindihan niyo na kahit ano ipagpapalit niyo para sa anak niyo. At ngayon alam ko hindi ko ipagpapalit ang anak ko sa kahit na anong karangyaan sa buhay,” Julia said.

At first, Julia was reluctant to talk about her pregnancy and her rumored marriage to Stephen that supposedly took place in La Union.

But on October 29, Julia finally decided to reveal everything. She guested on S-Files with Stephen in tow to respond and clarify issues pertaining to their sudden marriage and even the legality of their supposed wedding.

Stephen said the October 8 ceremonies in La Union did happen but were not wedding rites—only a “blessing” of their union. The real wedding took place two weeks after—when they had secured a marriage license from the municipal hall of San Juan town in La Union.

"Our marriage is completely legal. We have papers here. Last week lang kami kinasal ni Julia. Julia is [a] Born Again [Christian]. May mga gusto siyang sundan na steps. It was a blessing of a union. The following day, we applied for marriage license and everything sa city hall. Lumabas siya nung Friday the 20th [of October]. Then Sunday [October 22], nagpakasal na kami," Stephen said in the S-Files interview.

Because of her marriage to Stephen and her delicate pregnancy, Julia said would put her career on hold temporarily and focus on occasional appearances on Eat Bulaga!

"For now, you'll be seeing less of me, limited nga yung movement ko. Di na ako pwedeng magpuyat. Hopefully makakabalik ako. Ganun pa rin naman e. Kung paano naman ako noon, ganun din naman ako ngayong ganito na yung kalagayan ko."

Julia met Stephen while working for a show.

"Siya yung production designer ko dun tapos ako yung artista. Magkaibigan lang talaga. Hindi nga kami masyadong nag-uusap noon. Nung nag-usap na kami, hindi na kami mapaghiwalay. Pag dumadalaw siya, sa bahay, kwentuhan lang talaga," Julia said.

Steven added: "I fell in love with her, unang hi pa lang."

Julia also clarified that she did not have time to introduce Stephen to her family in Laguna because of her hectic schedule.

"Nung magpropose siya, yun yung nagpo-promote ako ng album, nagta-taping ako ng Bakekang. Nagbu-Bulaga ako everyday, I have SOP pag Sunday. I was doing mall tours. Hindi ako makauwi ng Laguna. Kung hindi kami nabigyan ng better opportunity nang umuwi sa mama ko, baka hindi ko rin masyadong napakilala si Steven. Hindi kami masyadong makakapag-usap nung nagtatrabaho kami."
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