Amidst the controversy surrounding the separation of famous couple Kris Aquino and James Yap, the mother of James, Mrs. Annie Yap, heretofore known to the public as reticent and quiet, decides to speak out.
Mrs. Annie Yap, in a surprisingly frank interview, announces that her son James got a girl pregnant prior to his wedding to Kris. The TV host-actress, James's mom adds, knew about this. But despite the situation, says Mrs. Yap, the civil wedding of Kris and James pushed through without her knowledge.
From the start, Mrs. Yap admits, she was not in favor of Kris as a wife for her son. She mentions in particular that the difference in the social status of Kris, who comes from the prominent landed and political clan of the Cojuangcos, and James, who comes from their unknown and poor family from a village far from Manila, worried her. (CLICK HERE to read related story.)
Kris, now known as the Queen of All Media, replied to Mrs. Yap's comments in an interview on The Buzz.
Kris says about her mother-in-law's interview: “Pinanood ng mga sisters ko, at siyempre noong pinag-uusapan nila, hinanap ko na din at pinanood ko. Siyempre, masakit. Lahat ng kapamilya, lahat ng kapatid ko, walang masama ever na sinabi tungkol kay James. Siyempre, tao din naman ako. Kung maririnig ko na never kang nagustuhan, siyempre masakit naman 'yon."
Nevertheless, she will not say anything that may ruin James's reputation, Kris says, for the sake of their three-year-old son Baby James. She says she is also trying her best to understand where Mrs. Yap is coming from.
“Iniisip ko na lang, dahil sinabi ni Ate [Ballsy] sa akin, ‘Krissy, kung si Bimbi, kung nakikihiwalay, siyempre 'yan din ang magiging reaksiyon mo. Gagawin mo ang lahat to protect your son. Walang right, walang wrong. Ang tama lang, ang anak mo, 'yong mahal mo…' At para na lang sa anak namin, tatahimik ako."
Kris confesses that she was hurt by her mother-in-law's statements.
“Mapapanood po 'yon ng apo ninyo at some point in time kasi nasa Internet na. Nanay po niya ako. Kahit anong gawin ninyo, lumabas siya sa sinapupunan ko. Ako po ang magpapalaki, ako po ang magsusumikap para maitaguyod si Baby James. Masakit po para sa akin na 'yong apo po ninyo, sisiraan ang nanay niya sa kanya. Kasi magkahiwalay po man kami [ni James], kadugo ninyo pa din ang anak ko.”
Kris adds, "Magsakripisyo na ako, manahimik na ako, magpakumbaba na ako. Handa 'kong gawin 'yon dahil ganoon ko kamahal ang anak ko. Sana po kahit konting pagmamahal bigyan ninyo din ang anak ko.”
Kris's lawyers filed for a declaration of nullity of marriage last August 9. Citing Article 7 of the Family Code, the declaration says that the marriage of Kris and James was never valid because it "lacks the authority of the solemnizing officer." (CLICK HERE to read related story.)
James Yap, basketball star and recent Most Valuable Player of the Professional Basketball Association, has announced that he is filing a petition for visitation rights to son Baby James.