MANILA, Philippines -- The former husband of Carmina Villaroel, Rustom Padilla, extended his congratulations to the Kapamilya host for her surprise wedding with Zoren Legaspi held Thursday night.
|BB Gandanghari. File photo
Padilla only learned of the celebrity couple's wedding ceremony Friday morning, and was visibly surprised when asked for his comment on it, according to a report published on Interaksyon.
"Really? Hindi ko alam! Congratulations," Padilla was quoted as saying by the news site. "I’m very happy. Wow! Really?"
"It has long been overdue," Padilla said of the wedding ceremony held Thursday evening at Fernbrook Garden in Alabang, Muntinlupa City. "And kay Zoren, tama 'yang ginawa mo!"
Villaroel and Legaspi had been a couple for 12 years before their surprise wedding, which was attended by celebrity principal sponsors like Susan Roces, Maricel Soriano, Grace Poe-Llamanzares, Eric Quizon, and Lily Monteverde.
The chance of marriage had eluded the couple due to "legalities" and "annotations" from the actress-host's previous marriage with Padilla, until August this year.
It was only after two years of married life when Villaroel separated from Padilla, who later admitted on national television his sexual preference, and re-emerged as a transsexual named BB Gandanghari in 2009.
"Hindi na," the former hunk actor said of not being invited to the wedding. "That’s their private family affair… But I’m very. very happy for them."