MANILA - The 17-year-old wife of "Anak" hitmaker Freddie Aguilar said she is looking forward to building a family with the singer, but only after she finishes her studies.
Speaking with ABS-CBN News, the couple said having a baby is not a far-off possibility. Aguilar noted, however, that they are prioritizing his wife's education.
"Napag-usapan namin 'yong pagkakaroon ng baby," said Aguilar, who has six children from his past relationships. "Kasi sabi ko, next month 61 na ako. Pero ang priority 'yong pag-aaral niya ng culinary na matatapos siya ng six months."
Recalling his conversation with his wife, the singer added, "Kung along the way na nag-aaral ka at biglang matsambahan na mabuo, at least, 'kako, graduate ka na bago ka pagbawalan na lumabas ng bahay."
His wife added: "Ang gusto ko lang matapos pag-aaral ko, matulungan ko si Freddie, matulungan ko magulang ko."
Aguilar and his then 16-year-old girlfriend were married in Islamic rites in Maguindanao last November 22, a week before her birthday. At the time, the couple had been facing criticisms over their relationship, which the singer admitted in October.
A lawyer, who claimed to be a "concerned citizen," filed a qualified seduction case against Aguilar a week after his admission of the affair.
"Kailangan kong sagutin kahit walang merito 'yung demanda," Aguilar told ABS-CBN News. "Iyong mga bashers, bahala na sila sa buhay nila. Hindi na nila kami matatawag na imoral ngayon kasi kasal na kami."
Aguilar's wife recalled the controversy surrounding their relationship last year, saying she cried repeatedly over the hurtful words used to describe her and her then-boyfriend.
"Sa unang pag-iyak ko, naisip ko na ayoko na. Sa pangalawa, ganoon din. Sa pangatlo, gusto ko nang umalis talaga, ayoko na," she said. "Pero pag nandun na ako sa time na gagawin ko na, hindi ko naman kaya. Mas nangingibabaw yong pagmamahal ko."
Over two months since they got married, Aguilar's wife said among her realizations about their relationship is that she becomes emotional whenever she does not see her husband for a long time.
Relating her recent visit to her parents, who are based in Mindoro, Aguilar's wife said, "Hindi ko kaya na wala siya sa tabi ko. Sabi ko nga sa kanya, 'Bebs, limang araw pa lang ako, hirap na hirap na akong matulog.' Basta mahal ko siya, araw-araw nararamdaman ko."