MANILA, Philippines—Kris Aquino announced her resignation from show business on Thursday.
“I have to make a sacrifice. I don’t want to be selfish,” she said in an interview with TV anchor Ted Failon.
She said she’s doing this for the sake of Bimby, her one and only son with ex-husband James Yap. Bimby’s real name is James Yap Jr.
“I am sacrificing my career and work for a simple and quiet life with him (Bimby),” she added.
Yap and Aquino are in the middle of a legal skirmish involving an incident on December 3 last year. Aquino accused Yap of making sexual advances on her inside her room, which she refused. She said Yap threatened her in the presence of Bimby, who was traumatized of the said incident.
“Pinagtangkaan nya akong saktan, ginawa nya yun Ted (Failon) sa harap ng anak ko (He [Yap] tried to harm me. He did that Ted in front of my son,” Aquino said.
Matalino ang anak ko, alam nya kung ano ang tama sa mali (My son is intelligent, he knows what’s right from wrong),” she said.
“In my mind and my heart, it’s not about the December 3 incident but the effect,” she said.
“We don’t deserve this kind of suffering,” she added.
After announcing her resignation, Aquino apologized to her workmates and bosses in ABS-CBN, wherein she’s hosting a daily morning show.
“I hope you understand me, I just want the best for my son.”
She added she is hoping that when her son grows up, she wants him to know that she gave up everything for him.
Failon asked Aquino why he and the Filipino people should believe her.
“You don’t have to believe me, you just have to believe my son,” Aquino said.
Aquino was interviewed in the presence of her older sisters Ballsy Cruz, Pinky Abellada and Viel Dee.
At the end of the interview, Ballsy said though this is not a national issue, she is making an appeal to the Filipino people to pray for Kris and Bimby.
Aquino has another son, Joshua, who is older than Bimby. Joshua’s father is actor Phillip Salvador. During the interview, there was no mention of Joshua.