Showbiz fans are wondering why Rachel Alejandro and her husband Carlos Santamaria remain childless despite having been married for six years.
The couple tied the knot in 2011.
Rachel explained, “Wala, we decided not to have, kasi pareho kaming flighty.
“Too many things happening at the same time. It was a mutual decision.
“He's younger than me. Siguro nung una, hindi pa niya alam, pero since ang dami niyang plano na gusto niya ng ganito, ng ganyan...
“Gusto naman niya ngayon, mag-PhD.”
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) got the chance to catch up with Rachel during her contract signing at Tina's & Mom Cafe, Makati, last week.
It was for her forthcoming pre-Valentine show Rachel In Love, which will be held at the Chelsea's Garden, Lakewood Subdivision, Cabanatuan City, on February 10, 2018.
NOT PART OF HER PLANS. According to Rachel, she had already accepted the reality that they won't be having kids.
She affirmed, “Wala na yun. Gone na yun. It doesn't fit in our lifestyle anymore.
“Let's just say, even if it's puwede pa, medyo hindi na talaga kasya sa lifestyle. We love to travel kasi din.
“'Tapos, ang maganda pa doon, si Nino Alejandro, my cousin, and my sister, the chef, yung anak nilang parehong babae, sobrang parehong magiging singer din.
“Sila yung magiging next. As in, para na rin akong nag-anak.
“Kasi ang gaganda nila, ang lalakas ng loob, ang gagaling kumanta."
To begin with, Rachel clarified, she never really thought about having babies when she got married.
She continued, “Wala naman. Sometimes, iniisip ko na, 'Am I gonna regret this someday?'
“Siyempre, parang maiisip mo, 'Bakit hindi ko 'to ginawa, yung mga ginagawa ng normal na tao?'
“Sometimes, I asked myself that, but it never came to a point na parang mag-decide na mag-baby.
“I’m glad kasi it turned out na yung asawa ko, gusto niya palit nang palit ng isip, kung ano ang gusto niyang gawin.
“Gusto niya lumipat sa ganito, ganyan. Mahirap yun kasi bitbit mo lahat ng family mo. Buti na lang pala.”
OTHER PRIORITIES. Rachel also admitted that her personal life isn't really smooth-sailing now that she's also busy with her business.
She and her sister Barni Alejandro-Rennebeck own The Sexy Chef is Manila, a diet and healthy food delivery service.
“Of course, lahat naman tayo, may current struggle kumbaga na gusto na mangyari.
“Right now, ang challenge naming magkapatid, sa business na.
“Medyo lumalakas yung business, staffing na yun, finding the right kind of people that we can trust. Yun ang struggle namin dalawa.
“Actually, it’s more on her [sister Barni] kasi siya yung nagma-manage ng day-to-day.
“Ako, more on marketing ako, e.
“Parang more or less, like you said, talagang nalihis doon yung atensiyon ko.
“Hindi naman ako lagi-laging may singing gig. In a month, hindi naman gano'n kadami.
“Ngayon lang nagkasunud-sunod lang because I’m promoting my album.”
ALWAYS UP AND ABOUT. Rachel laughed when asked how she rates herself as a housewife.
She pointed out, “Wala! Walang housewife!
“Walang tao sa bahay. I'm always out and about.
“He’s always also at work. Ang bago ngayon, he wants to be a professor daw in the U.S.
“Nandito siya ngayon. We’ve been living here for five years.
“Prior here, nakatira siya sa Bangkok and New York.
“I was kinda back and forth nung time na yun.
“Itong last five years nandito kami. Mainipin siya, e.
“Gusto niya laging nag-iiba—nag-iiba yung work niya, yung environment niya.
“Six years na kami.”
MAKING THE MOST OF TIME TOGETHER. We asked her how Carlos is as a partner and husband.
Rachel said, “Ayun, non-stop arguing.
“Sobra kasi kaming night and day. Somehow, we still look at each other kasi we always...
“Mas madalas yung not-together kasi he’s always also at work. Kadalasan pag uwi niya, meron rin akong something.
“He works for ADB [Asian Development Bank] now, sa communication. He used to be a journalist.
“Dati kasi, when he was here, he was working as a journalist. In fact, nag-Rappler pa 'yan for a while ng isang taon.
“From there, nag-ADB na siya.
“He’s at work the whole day and yun nga, minsan-minsan lang...pag week nd..
“Ang gusto talaga namin, we love to do talaga is to travel.
“Kaya nga ang hirap pag may bitbit ka na mga kids.”