MANILA – Richard Gutierrez finally broke his silence and confirmed months-long speculation that he indeed has a child with actress Sarah Lahbati.
In the pilot episode of the reality family series “It Takes Gutz to be a Gutierrez” which aired on E! Channel on Sunday, Gutierrez admitted he is now a father. Their son is named Zion.
Gutierrez said he and Lahbati found out about the actress’ pregnancy while they were in Paris after they shot scenes for their TV drama.
Saying he was initially scared on how they would break the news to their parents, Gutierrez said both of them decided to just keep everything within the family and just “share baby Zion to everyone in our own terms.”
Minutes after the big reveal aired, Lahbati took to the image-sharing site Instagram to express her joy now that they’ve already introduced baby Zion to the public.
“Extremely happy to announce the new member of our family, baby Zion,” she said.
She also addressed netizens who criticize her and Gutierrez for keeping mum about Zion for months.
“Once and for all, I do not care about the hate tweets and all the ‘poor baby bakit ganito, ganyan’ I just want to make it clear to you that from DAY ONE, we took care of him, loved him, protected him and gave him everything, until now,” she said.
“WE NEVER DENIED HIM. We just wanted to keep our privacy. Oh well, I love my family and I'm extremely happy and blessed that we were able to finally share our life with everyone. Spread the love,” she added.
Rumors about Lahbati's pregnancy circulated when the actress announced last year that she would be taking a break from showbiz, citing an unhealthy working relationship with her home network.
Gutierrez and Lahbati just celebrated this month their second anniversary together.