Hoping to put the pregnancy rumors to rest, young actress-singer Karel Marquez appeared beside her mother, stage actress Pinky Marquez, in a special interview with Showbiz Central aired yesterday, September 30.
Echoing the same reason given by her mother last Friday, September 28, to PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in an exclusive phone interview, Karel downplayed the rumor that she is pregnant.
The controversy started when news got out that Karel pulled out from GMA-7's Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan to go to the U.S. to study. Showbiz reporters quickly smelled a story and questioned the true reason behind Karel's decision—citing the possibility that the young actress might be pregnant.
Pinky had earlier announced that her daughter struggled to keep up with the punishing demands of shooting a TV series.
"The time of their taping would end at 10 a.m. the next day. Her resistance is weak. She's not getting any sleep. That's when you have so much work. It's like sunud-sunod," explained Pinky to PEP last Friday, September 28.
Pinky recalled an incident that signalled Karel's failing health because of the workload.
"Siguro nung mga two-weeks na, she said ‘Mom I'm not feeling well, I wanted to be absent.' So I called the manager [June Rufino]. [I said] maybe hindi niya kakayanin ‘tong everyday [shooting]," she told Showbiz Central.
Pinky explained that much as her daughter wanted to continue her Zaido stint, it would be impossible to juggle all of Karel's other commitments without sacrificing her health.
"But if you do it all together [recording, singing, acting, theater] siguro she'll get sick," continued Pinky.
KEEPING HER PRIORITIES STRAIGHT. Karel admitted that leaving the country is not a remote possibility. But she's not moving out yet, at least for now.
"I have plans pero I'm not leaving now. I'm not leaving next month. There are little things na pumapasok sa isip ko what I want to do in life," said Karel who also added that she wanted to concentrate more on stage acting and singing.
"I'm thinking of abroad next year [or] next, next year [but] not now. Siyempre, I have to stand up for what I want."
She openly confided though that leaving Zaido, only after a month of shooting, was a difficult decision to make.
"Of course I was sad," said Karel. "Honestly, sa last day of Zaido, actually I already have my own priorities sa mind ko. I made my decision already I want to balance my time with my plans.