Singer Kyla couldn't hold her tears as she introduced and performed a song about heartbreak from parting ways with a partner, which took on a different meaning for her in light of a recent tragedy.
The 37-year-old performer was on stage Sunday night at Eastwood, Quezon City, for the launch of her iTunes chart-topping album "The Queen of R&B," her first since 2010.
One track from the Star Music record is titled "Proper Heartbreak," but while the lyrics are originally about a relationship ending, Kyla explained it now had a different meaning for her as she revealed a devastating loss in March.
"Itong kanta na 'to, because of an experience na nangayri last month, it gave a different meaning to the song," she said. "Actually, noong pinapakinggan ko siya, sabi ko, 'Bakit ako umiiyak kung hindi ko naman siya na-e-experience? But naka-relate ako in a different way."
Her voice shaking, Kyla continued, "I know there's an angel watching over me right now." Breaking down, she then paused and turned around to compose herself.
Kyla, who has a 5-year-old son with husband Rich Alvarez, was referring to a miscarriage in March, her management, Conerstone Entertainment, confirmed to ABS-CBN News.
"I've got to let you go," she sang in one part of the song, triggering tears during her performance.
Addressing the audience, Kyla said: "I'm sorry, guys. Minsan talaga nagiging vulnerable tayo. Medyo nakaka-embarrass. I'm sorry, guys. You can never be really ready for things like that to happen. I was never prepared, but I know there's an angel watching over me right now."
Kyla, a regular "It's Showtime" judge for its "Tawag ng Tanghalan" segment, had remained visible on television until late March, also for the promotional leg of her album. Most recently, she had a March 25 performance on "ASAP," ABS-CBN's live concert variety show.
It's not clear whether the miscarriage happened in early March, or during the month's last week.