Ai Ai delas Alas. File photo
MANILA, Philippines -- Filipinos on Sunday were surprised when comedienne actress Ai Ai De Las Alas tearfully confirmed that she and husband, businessman Jed Salang, have broken up -- one day before they celebrate their first month as a married couple.
The 48-year-old actress and Salang, who is 20 years her junior, were married in civil rites in Las Vegas last April 3. Delas Alas said she decided to end the relationship on May 2.
The couple initially kept their marriage a secret to keep it private and solemn. But just a few weeks after admitting to getting hitched, the actress confirmed their split.
In an exclusive interview at "The Buzz," she admitted that their fights were becoming more physical.
"Kasi, Ama, kaya kami nagkakasakitan, kapag inaambaan ako ni Jed, nanliliit ako," the actress told "The Buzz" host Boy Abunda.
Originally, Delas Alas and Salang were planning to have a big church wedding in December this year and have already invited their friends who didn’t make it to their civil wedding.
In fact, delas Alas' good friend and "Sisterakas" co-star Kris Aquino was supposed to be her maid of honor, with Aquino's youngest son James "Bimby" Yap Jr. as the ring bearer.
But even before they tied the knot in Las Vegas, a city well known for so-called quickie weddings and divorces -- the couple, who were together for one year and three months, were already rumored to have a rocky relationship.
In November 2012, Delas Alas and Salang even appeared together on the morning talk show "KrisTV," where she defended her then-boyfriend against critics who were questioning his real intentions about the actress.
"Hindi lahat parating puro pera. Hindi lahat ito 'yung habol ng isang tao. Pwedeng mangyari na ang dalawang tao ay nagmamahalan ng hindi lang dahil sa ganoon," she said at the time.
However, in her interview in "The Buzz" last Sunday, she hinted that such allegations had basis after all.
“Sinabi sa akin na may balak si Jed na papatulan lang ako ni Jed then later on, kukuha… ayokong sabihin ‘yung word… tapos kapag nagawa na niya ‘yung bagay na ‘yun, iiwan na niya ako,” she told Abunda.
This is not the first time the comedienne's relationship ended in failure. She was previously married to singer-actor Miguel Vera until 2002, when their marriage was annulled.
Delas Alas and Vera have two children, Sofia and Niccolo. She also has another son, Sancho, from a previous relationship.
Despite their stormy relationship, delas Alas and Vera remained friends after they separated with Vera even attending his ex-wife's wedding to Salang last April.
In 2009, the comedienne-actress was rumored to be dating the then-25-year-old Venezuelan model Julio Cabrera. But according to the actress, their relationship didn’t “prosper.”
The actress also dated a 26-year-old Italian-Colombian hunk-model in 2011, which she refused to name.
But while delas Alas garnered sympathy after her emotional confession on "The Buzz," many actually expected the couple to break up eventually -- although maybe not this soon.
In his column titled "Ai Ai Never Learns" published on Monday, Philippine Star entertainment editor Ricky Lo asked: "As I’ve been saying, could a marriage between a 48-year-old woman and a man, at 27 young enough to be her son, survive the tests and trials along the way to a living-happily-ever-after ending? No way!"
"The doomsayers were right: It was a marriage doomed from the start," Lo said of the controversial couple whose "marriage which will go down in Philippine showbiz history as the shortest-lived."