MANILA, Philippines - Annalyn Manalo deems that their family would have remained living "peacefully" had her husband, comedian Jose Manalo, not risen to fame.
In a taped interview with "The Buzz" aired on Sunday, Jose's wife dropped the biggest bombshell in his career. According to her, Jose allegedly left their family last January for another woman whom she described as a "younger dancer."
Annalyn claimed that she's fully aware of her husband's "cheating" even before he left but she underscored that she chose to turn a blind eye to his purported affair "para sa mga bata." Jose has five kids with Annalyn.
"Sa pagkakaalam ko, at alam na alam na naming lahat, mayroon at marami na rin akong pruweba na totoo nga ito, totoo ngang may babae siya.
"Tinitiis ko lahat 'yun para sa mga anak ko dahil mahal nila ang daddy nila," she lamented.
Jose, the 'cheating' husband?
Aside from the anguish caused by her husband's deceit, Annalyn says that what pained her the most was how Jose discredited her to their friends and his colleagues.
"Wala akong mahingan ng tulong. Binan kami sa Broadway [Centrum]. Nagpalit siya ng telephone number niya, hindi namin siya ma-contact," she mourned.
Broadway Centrum is the studio that houses the noontime show "Eat Bulaga" where Jose is a mainstay.
In her desperation, Annalyn related that she even "begged" to her husband's mistress to let their family be.
"Hindi ko siya inaway," she emphasized.
Annalyn added, "Dalawang beses ko siyang kinausap na parang awa na niya, layuan na niya ang asawa ko dahil may mga anak ito, lalong lalo na may maliit kaming anak. Sana makonsensiya siya."
Despite all the pain that Jose caused to their family, and to her especially, Annalyn maintains that she's willing to forgive Jose soon as he decides to return.
She told Jose, "Gusto ko sabihin sa 'yo na mahal na mahal kita. Ginawa ko 'to dahil sobrang sakit na ng nararamdaman ko para sa mga anak ko."
Coming right on the heels of Jose and Wally Bayola's successful concert at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on March 2, Annalyn was asked about the timing of her revelations.
"Nagsasalita ako kasi sobrang sakit na ng nararamdaman namin. Sobrang sakit na ng nararamdaman ng mga anak ko sa lahat ng ginagawa niya," she lamented.
To those speculating that she's only after Jose's money, her rebuttal was, "Alam mo, kung tutuusin, sabi ko, sana hindi na lang siya naging artista at naging sikat para wala kaming problema na ganito."
To this date, her sole desire is for a "simpleng pamilya, simpleng buhay na masaya, iyon lang."
Jose has not issued a statement on the matter as of this writing.