|Carmina Villaroel and Zoren Legaspi. File photo
MANILA, Philippines -- Twins Cassie and Maverick don't mind if their father, Zoren Legaspi, wasn't the first husband of their mother, actress Carmina Villaroel.
On "KrisTV" on Monday, Legaspi said he was caught by surprise when his twins told him that they already knew that Rustom Padilla, now known as BB Gandanghari, is their mom's first husband.
"Nalaman nila 'yung kabuuan ng plano (ng kasal) a week before. Pero bago ko sinabi 'yun (kasal) sa kanila mayroon akong sinabi sa kanila -- 'yung history ng buhay ng mama nila. I have to say it, I have to tell them 'yung love story ni Mina dati," Legaspi told host Kris Aquino.
"Pero ito sabi ko kailangan kong sabihin para maintindihan nila kung bakit kami ikakasal. Kasi ang alam nila kasal kami ni Mina. So kinausap ko sila, sabi ko, 'Kids, dapat kaming dalawa ng mommy niyo ang magsasabi nito but I have to say it now dahil hindi ba...' I was preparing na parang Coco Martin ang drama and you know iyakan. Sabi ko, 'I'm not the first husband of your mommy.' Sab noong dalawa, 'Yeah, we know.' 'What? What do you mean we know? Eh, sino ang first husband ng mommy niyo?' 'That dude, that BB.' Sabi ko, 'What? You know?' Sabi ko, 'Who told you this?' 'We watched 'The Buzz,'" Legaspi recalled.
The actor said even when he had a one-on-one interview with Gandanghari, he and Villaroel never told their children about him.
"I felt very good not because inamin ko sa kanila but because of how they handled it. Sabi ko, 'Wow walang insecurities itong dalawang ito.' For them, it's just water under the bridge," Legaspi said.
The celebrity couple said they were really planning to tell the truth to their kids but they were just waiting for the right time.
Villaroel admitted that for years their children believed that she and Legaspi were already married -- which they never denied nor confirmed.
"Kasi ang bata in-assume nila na kapag magkasama kayo sa bahay at may mommy at daddy eh -- kasal. So they just assumed and hindi ko muna kinorek 'yon for a time, kumbaga hindi ko [itinanggi] hindi ko [kinumpirma]. Kasi alam ko darating ang time na ito na sasabihin ko din sa kanila," the actress said.
Last Thursday, Villaroel and Legaspi were married after the actor-host proposed to his partner of 12 years.
Legaspi asked the help of his children, as well colleagues of the actress-host from ABS-CBN, to carry out the surprise proposal and wedding ceremony at Fernbrook Garden in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.