Comedienne Ethel Booba used to make TV audiences double up with laughter as she quipped and wisecracked in every Extra Challenge! episode. Her sexy appearance, matched with the attitude of playful English-deficient conversation skills, quickly turned her into a household name.
With fame, of course, comes controversy. And as fans would remember, Ethel was just full of it.
Her chaotic on-off relationship with PBA (Philippine Basketball Association) player Alex Crisano of Barako Bull and a small number of crass arguments with other stars made Ethel very much talked about.
The news died out; Ethel's career followed suit and faded from the limelight. No recent news has popped out and the controversial sexy comedienne apparently has become part of showbiz history.
But yesterday, November 8, Ethel resurfaced on GMA-7's Showbiz Central from the depths of obscurity to give an update on her relationship with Alex and the recent happenings in her life.
ADDICTED TO COSMETIC SURGERY. Ethel said she's doing well right now. "I'm happy!" she quipped.
There are reports saying that she recently had a botched operation on her face, involving hydrogel. Is this true?
"Noong pinalagyan ko kay Dr. [Manny] Calayan, pinipilit ko [siya]. Pero ayaw niya. Sabi niya n,a 'Ang ganda mo na na ganyan.' Tapos sabi ko na parang chunky iyong dito [points to her cheek]," Ethel recounted.
Ethel's persistence in making changes on her body made people think that she has become addicted to cosmetic surgery. What's her say on this?
"So much!" she admitted.
Before her cheek, she had her nose bridge improved. After that, she explained that one change eventually led to another and another until she became, in her own words, "sakit na nga daw talaga."
THIS TIME, SHE LEFT HIM. Fans of Ethel may have kept tabs on her colorful relationship with Alex with its controversial on-off status. Ethel revealed that their breakup this time is for good.
"For good na talaga," she said. "Kasi nagkaroon ng third party, pero ako 'yong nagkaroon ng third party. Before siya 'yong may third party, fourth party, di ba? Ngayon, noon kami, doon ko lang na prove sa sarili ko na hindi ko talaga kaya..."
Does this mean she cheated on Alex?
"Uhm, noong naghiwalay na kami," she replied.
But that isn't cheating, since they're no longer together.
"Nagka-boyfriend ako, pero parang walang ano..."
Changing the subject after this rather odd explanation from Ethel, is it safe to assume that one of the reasons why she and Alex broke up is because of her supposed infertility?
"In fairness naman sa kanya, alam niya na 'yong na nahihirapan talaga ako magbigay ng baby," said Ethel. "Tinanggap naman niya ako doon. Iyon lang, dumating lang sa point na nagka-crush lang ako. Noong nag-break kami, bumalik 'yong girlfriend niya na noong during kami, girlfriend niya pala 'yon. Nabuntis niya at dinala sa L.A. Lumaki na ang baby, five years old na siya. Tapos pumunta dito noong naghiwalay kami, so nagkaroon ng space para magkabalikan sila."
CAREER OVER? With the recent news of her personal life now revealed, one comes to the question about her career. Her long absence from TV can be broken and is she ready to jump back into the limelight?
"Why not?" she smiled, "Maraming rumor na laos na ako, ganyan. Pero natutuwa ako na ang nangyari sa akin [career], e, bongang-bongga. How much more kung gusto ko ulit pumasok ulit?"
Has it come to a point that she became desperate in finding TV projects?
"Pag walang TV, parang akala nila naghihirap na," said Ethel. "Iyon din ang ayokong mangyari sa akin na ang ibang artista hindi nag-iipon. Actually mas malaki ang bayad talaga sa mga raket namin na kumakanta lang. Alam naman ng artista 'yan, e."
To prove her point, she added, "Galing akong Europe. Bumili ako ng dalawang Louis Vuitton!"
On a more serious note, has she reflected on attitudes she has to change?
"Choice ko ito talaga," she said. "Simple ko lang talaga na tao. Maging successful? Hindi ko gusto mangyari 'yon, parang OA sa sikat, ganyan."
So, no regrets?
"Wala, wala," Ethel answered. "Masaya ako. Mas gusto ko ng challenge sa buhay."