'Neglected' Sarah Lahbati takes break from showbiz

Posted at 01/03/2013 3:07 PM | Updated as of 01/03/2013 5:42 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- After only three years in the entertainment industry, is starlet Sarah Lahbati already giving up on show business?

In her official Twitter account on Thursday, the former reality show contestant said she feels "neglected" such that her family decided to leave the country for a while.

Sarah Lahbati. Photo taken from Lahbati's Twitter page.

Lahbati, who is half-Swiss, said she and her family decided that it will be good for her to return to Switzerland and continue her studies.

She joined a TV talent search contest in 2009.

"Because of all of this uncertainty and stress, my family and I decided that I go back to Switzerland and study there. This does not mean that I will be gone from the industry and craft that I love. Just a breather from all the chaos. Nakakalungkot na umabot pa sa ganito. But I'm also excited to study. I trust God's plans for me," Lahbati said on Twitter.

"To all my friends and supporters, I'd like to thank you for the love and loyalty you've given me. I've been very blessed last year and I'm grateful to all of you but unfortunately you will be seeing less of me this year for reasons that are hard to explain through Twitter," she added.

"I've had misunderstandings with the people who are handling my career. I am still thankful to them for the efforts they have shown in the past but now I feel neglected and my back is against the wall. Therefore I have to do something," Lahbati tweeted.

She also clarified that she decided to sign with Royal Artists, the talent management firm of Annabelle Rama, the mother of her boyfriend Richard Gutierrez, because she needs someone who can "protect" her.

"Just to clarify this issue that's been going around. I signed a contract with Royal Artist (Tita Annabelle Rama) as a co-manager with GMA Artist Center because I needed someone to protect and help my well being in this cut throat industry. Tita Annabelle only wants the best for me. With her years of experience and success in this industry I know that she's the right person to help me. When my family made this decision, we were already sure that an artist tied up with GMA Artist Center such as myself can be co-managed by another talent company because I was offered by top management of GMA to sign a contract with ICONS management just a few months before I signed with Tita Annabelle. I didn't sign with ICONS because they wanted to deduct another 15% on top of the 25% that is being deducted by GMA Artist Center. We found that too steep of a deduction for someone who just started such myself," she explained.