Showbiz Roundup: Priscilla Meirelles-John Estrada’s marital woes top entertainment news
Cheating allegations against John Estrada become the biggest spectacle in entertainment news on the second week of April since his wife, Brazilian model and actress Priscilla Meirelles first dropped a cryptic post that ignited speculations about their marital woes.
Meanwhile, the “Zombie Detective” star Jung Chae-yull’s death and Tyson Venegas’ “American Idol” journey also caught our readers’ attention.
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John Estrada being ‘misunderstood’
John Estrada seemingly responded to bashers as he spoke about “still not being understood,” amid speculations of his unfaithfulness to his wife, Brazilian beauty queen and model Priscilla Meirelles.
Estrada took to his personal Instagram account last April 9, to share his thoughts about being misunderstood by “some people,” as well as a brief Easter greeting to his followers.
“There are some people who could hear you speak a thousand words and still not understand you. And there are others who will understand without you even speaking a word. Happy [E]aster to everyone,” he said in the caption.
The seasoned actor’s cryptic post comes a couple days after declaring his love for his wife, where he described her as his “one and only queen.”
Estrada recently went on a short vacation with Meirelles in Oslob, Cebu, where they’re joined by their daughter Anechka, as well as Moira, Kaila and Yuan Estrada, the actor’s children with his ex-wife, veteran actress Janice de Belen.
Inah de Belen sends love to Priscilla
Inah de Belen, daughter of John Estrada and Janice de Belen, appeared to have expressed support to Priscilla Meirelles amid the beauty queen’s marital problems with the actor.
Inah left a comment on Meirelles’ Instagram post last March 29, in which the latter can be seen visiting a cosmetics store.
“Love you Ate Pri,” de Belen told Meirelles, along with a red heart emoji.
The two of them did not mention anything specifically, but it can be noted that Inah coincidentally said this a day after Meirelles dropped a cryptic remark about a “female that entertains a married man.”
Meirelles confirmed that she and Estrada have been having marital problems caused by “many reasons.” Meirelles did not further disclose the reasons, but she seemingly hinted that some women want to “destroy and steal” her family.
‘Transformation is happening’
After a public squabble that lasted for days, it seems that John Estrada and Priscilla Meirelles are in the process of repairing their relationship as divulged by Philippine Daily Inquirer columnist Dolly Anne Carvajal.
“Amiga, John and I are not fighting. There is no point in it. It is what it is. But transformation is happening,” Meirelles told Carvajal who asked about their “rough patch,” as the latter noted that she wouldn’t disclose the entire “emotionally charged” message.
“Sometimes, there is a need to shake things up for revival. Actions have consequences. Let’s see how this unfolds. I never enter anything I know I cannot handle. For sure, something good will come out of this by God’s grace,” Meirelles further added.
On the other hand, Estrada told Carvajal in a separate message that he’s “okay.” “I am OK, dearie. We are OK. Ayoko nang patulan ang mga ‘yan for now,” he said.
The columnist also clarified that she’s not taking sides between the couple “out of respect” for their friendship.
Tyson Venegas’ American Idol journey
Filipino-Canadian singer Tyson Venegas left “American Idol” judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan in awe as he sang Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” alongside his fellow platinum ticket-holder Kaylin Hedges.
The singing contest’s April 4 episode featured Venegas and Hedges flaunting their vocal prowess during its Hollywood Week Duets, which received a standing ovation from Richie and Bryan.
Perry, on the other hand, took to her Instagram account to reveal that she had “goosebumps” from their performance.
Venegas eventually advanced to the competition’s Top 26 and is set to perform on its “Disney’s Aulani Resort” round. On the other hand, Hedges’ “American Idol” journey was cut short due to being eliminated from the show.
Jung Chae-yull, 26
South Korean model-turned-actress Jung Chae-yull was found dead at her home on April 11. She was 26 years old.
Chae-yull’s death was confirmed by her talent agency Management S through an official statement via Korean media outlet Maeil Business Newspaper, as it requested the public to stop from making “speculative articles or spreading rumors” about her passing.
“Today, we are relaying sorrowful and heartbreaking news. Actress Jung Chae-yull has left our side on April 11, 2023,” the statement read. “In accordance with the wishes of the bereaved family who must have been in greater sadness than anyone else, the funeral will be held quietly in private,” it said.
“Please wish for Jung Chae-yull, who had always been earnest in her pursuit of acting, to rest in peace in a warm place,” Management S futher added.
No further details on the cause of the actress-model’s death have been given, as of this writing.
The actress was reportedly in the middle of filming her upcoming drama “Wedding Impossible” prior to her death.
She made her acting debut in 2016 as part of the cast of “Devil’s Runway.” She then appeared in several Korean shows including the 2018 film “Deep,” as well as the dramas “Zombie Detective” in 2020 and “I Have Not Done My Best Yet” in 2022.