“I married an incredibly wonderful guy!” said Lea Salonga, whose face lighted up with the mere mention of the “love of her life.”
Before she starts taping for The Voice Kids Philippines Season 1 this coming weekend, Lea is spending quality time with husband Robert Chien and daughter Nicole.
The Broadway star further shared that they went to Nobu Hotel in Pasay City to celebrate Rob’s 44thbirthday.
“It was his birthday yesterday [April 20]. We had dinner.
“That’s all he wanted, e, and a few techie presents which, of course, I gave,” she told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) after the program for Cream Silk Portraits: A Celebration of The World Class Filipina, held at Solaire Theater, Tuesday night, April 21.
Married for 11 years now, Lea said that she’s very fortunate to have found someone who truly understands the demands of her work.
“I got lucky with my husband because he's incredibly supportive of what I do.
“Especially when he says, ‘You inspire people with what you do. Why will I stop you from doing what you do? I have to be supportive.’
“It’s difficult and there are sacrifices especially if we have to separate and when I have to travel.
“Minsan matagal din yung paghihiwalay, yung hindi namin pagsasama,” said Lea.
When asked how they make their marriage last, the 44-year-old singer-actress said that the key lies in how they manage the daily little things that they go through together.
“It’s very difficult finding the right husband. It has to be somebody you like, not just love.
“Yung pagmamahal, romantic, I love you, chuva—hindi lang puwedeng ganun, e.
“Kailangan you wake up every day, you see each other every day, and you actually like and enjoy the person you wake up next to every single day.”
A businessman who is of Chinese-Japanese descent, Robbie is a very private person and doesn’t often accompany Lea in work-related social functions.
This is also the reason why the Broadway star rarely posts photos of them together in her social media accounts.
“He’s very low-key. He doesn’t like taking his picture.
“‘Do I have to come to this event?’ ‘Hon, you stay home. Trabaho ‘to. It’s ok,’” said Lea, referring to Robert’s absence during the event.