That Karylle is pregnant, as “reported” recently on digital platforms (by “YouTubers”) and then in the mainstream media, seems not true at all.
If it were, the singer-TV host herself would have confirmed it. She and husband Yael Yuzon got married in March 2014.
The rumors variously claimed that Karylle, eldest daughter of Zsa Zsa Padilla, was about two months pregnant.
I reviewed Karylle’s Instagram (@anakarylle) posts from November 2020 to April 2021 — and found nothing about it at all.
I did the same on Yael’s Instagram (@yaelyras) from February to April 2021 — and he, too, never wrote anything about it.
What Zsa Zsa’s own Instagram (@zsazsapadilla) showed were her posts about her resort in Lukban, Quezon, and other business ventures.
There were no posts either from Karylle’s close friends Iza Calzado and Sunshine Dizon.
The YouTube yarn about Karylle’s pregnancy began to unspool following her reappearance on 17 April as co-host on ABS-CBN’s It’s Showtime to celebrate her birthday (reportedly her 40th).
She had not been seen on the show for a long time since the surge in Covid-19 cases in the country.
Co-host Vice Ganda pleaded for her not to leave It’s Showtime.
That episode ended with Karylle neither confirming nor denying that she was leaving the show. But then it also did not prevent YouTubers from speculating that she was quitting the show because she was finally pregnant.
None of the YouTube stories contained an on-cam or audio interview with Karylle.
But why are people so interested in Karylle becoming a mother? In any case, I mean, if she really wants it badly, she can go the way of Vicki Belo, Korina Sanchez and, just recently, Alice Dixson — via surrogacy.
Iwi and Nicole Laurel’s ‘Special Memory
As a special Mother’s Day tribute, Iwi Laurel and daughter Nicole are releasing a music video, “Special Memory,” on 9 May via Spotify. It will also be launched on 14 May via Facebook Live.
The song was first recorded by Iwi when she was just 19 and single (she would marry three years later a son of opera singer Fides Cuyugan-Asencio).
“It was during a rehearsal for a play we were doing with Repertory Philippines when a friend of mine, Raymond Lauchengco, asked me if I could sing one of the songs on the soundtrack of a movie he was working on with Gary Valenciano called Hotshots,” recalled Iwi, youngest child of former Vice President Doy Laurel and stage actor Celia Diaz-Laurel.
Iwi said a tape copy of the song was sent to her at 11 a.m. and, by 1 p.m., she went into a studio to record the song.
The music and lyrics were written by Cecile Azarcon and arranged by Homer Flores.
That was in 1983. Iwi was then singing, working and studying at the same time. She had set her mind on becoming a lawyer.
And then the song won awards, “so I became a singer,” she said.
Three years after Iwi’s serendipitous first encounter with the song that she became a mother to Nicole.
“Growing up, I was familiar with ‘Special Memory’ because everyone knew my mom for it and I would constantly run into people who would ask me: ‘So, you are Iwi’s daughter…Can you sing her song?’” recounted Nicole.
“I grew up around that beautiful melody, but it was only as I got older that I realized how much more the song meant to me. It was the last song she recorded before changing her life entirely to raise me.
“I saw how tough things were for mom when I was growing up, how she worked tirelessly making ends meet, how she made countless sacrifices to ensure me a better life.
“I relished every homecooked meal and homebaked cake. I saw the tears and I saw the happiness, I am forever grateful.”
Recently, Nicole reached out to the song’s publisher to ask permission if she could remake the song and rearrange it as a duet. The songwriter gave her blessing, “and my heart was full,” Nicole said.
The pop tune is truly special. It spans generations and forges an unbreakable bond between a mother and a daughter who, through their unique voices, sing together, creating wonderful moments to cherish.
“I’ll put together all of your laughter like a symphony,” goes one line of the song.
Said Nicole: “Everything my mother did through the years is God’s ultimate blessing to me, and not a day goes by that I try to give thanks for it. I wish there was more I could do to thank her, but for now, I hope this simple celebration of love will do. I love you mom. Happy Mother’s Day.”