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Karylle on Dolphy’s health: Family should talk about it



Singer Karylle says she has deliberately kept mum about her romance with Sponge Cola front man Yael Yuzon.

“I enjoy reading gossip columns and, based on my research, a relationship doesn’t end well if you talk about it. I used to be open about everything,” said Karylle, who broke up with actor Dingdong Dantes in 2008.

“Everything people need to know about me and Yael is in my album, ‘Roadtrip.’ In fact, we collaborated on one tune, ‘Basically.’ We express ourselves through songs,” she told a group of writers at her launch as endorser of Jeunesse Anion feminine napkin.

But “The Kitchen Musical” star and “Showtime” co-host revealed that Yael recently gave her an herb garden. “Basil, rosemary … these herbs are so expensive, I decided to have them grown at home.” She said she bought Yael a book on travel in return, “although giving gifts is not the center of our relationship.”

Karylle gamely answered questions on her half-sister Zia, best friend Iza Calzado, now a Kapamilya contract artist, and stepfather Dolphy, her mom Zsazsa Padilla’s long-time partner.

How close are you to Zia?

We like traveling together. We’ve been to Cebu, Bohol and Amanpulo (Palawan). Our next destinations are Bataan and Batanes. Zia is an old soul. When we went to Australia to visit our sister Nicole, an airport security official saw through the X-ray machine that Zia had in her bag an old-fashioned typewriter instead of a laptop.

Do you feel pressured that “Showtime” has been pitted against “Eat Bulaga?”

We can’t go wrong if the “Showtime” cast members are in this together. We’re super-close and people see that.

What’s the latest on Dolphy’s health?

I last saw him on Chinese New Year; he was in high spirits. His outlook is always positive. I’d really like to leave it to the family to comment on how he’s doing. The last time I did, I gave the wrong info.

What’s next for you after the release of “The Kitchen Musical” in Asia?

I may go back to Singapore for the second season. We received a lot of encouraging tweets from viewers in Malaysia and Singapore, and it was aired in Korea three weeks ago. The Maddie doll, based on my character, is now sold in SM Department Stores.

Right now I’m promoting my album, since I couldn’t do it earlier. I’d like to do a mall tour with my band. Also, Christian (Bautista) and I will have a show (“Love and Laughter”) at Resorts World Manila on February 29.

How do you feel about Iza’s decision to sign up with ABS-CBN?

I’m happy for her. Iza really wanted to do more acting projects – that’s what ABS-CBN promised her. The parting with her former bosses in GMA 7 was amicable.


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  • c

    i hope another article will be on dolphy. i’m more interested knowing about him. how he is doing now.

  • Benjamin

    wala na syang dapat ipag-alala dahil sagot na ni villar ang kinabukasan ng kanyang mga anak at apo….maliwanag nyang ipinagmamalaki sa buong pilipinas ang mga pahayag na yan,,,,,

  • Anonymous

    unfortunately for Karylle, even with her so called “stage” musicals etc.,  she still needs to talk about her past with DD, directly or indiretctly, otherwise there is nothing that can be talked about her. 

  • tubluklawe

    this is not fair! akala ko pa naman the article is about Dolphy! ginamit lang ang pangalan ni Dolphy otherwise I would not bother reading this!

  • tm


  • Anonymous

    misleading title.

  • The Amateur Ear .

    Yes, a case of bad journalism.

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