Husband's family finds out 'beauty queen' not a real woman

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 07 2012 03:47 PM | Updated as of Nov 08 2012 09:21 AM

Transgender beauty queen Michelle Montecarlo

MANILA, Philippines -- For transgender beauty queen Michelle Montecarlo, a dream romance has turned into a failed marriage after his ex-husband's family found out that he is not a real woman.

In an interview with "Rated Korina" hosted by Korina Sanchez on Wednesday, Montecarlo, a finalist at the Ms. International Queen 2012, said he was able to marry an Egyptian man.

"Nakapag-asawa po ako. Salamat sa tadhana, nakahanap ako ng kabiyak ng puso... (pero) hiwalay na kami ngayon," he said, without mentioning if his husband knew that he was marrying a homosexual.

However, the marriage didn't last when the family of his husband began pressuring them to have a baby.

"Hinahanapan po ako ng anak at ang masaklap po doon ang kanyang mga magulang ay mga doktor. Ang kanyang ama ay doktor sa mata at ang kanyang nanay ay doktor sa matris. So wala po akong takas," Montecarlo said.

"Yun po ang kinatakutan ko. There was this moment na tinanong ako ni mommy, 'Michelle, tuwing kailan ang period mo?' and I wasn't prepared po sa ganoong questions. Hindi ko in-expect na tatanungin 'yung ganoong ka-simpleng tanong na hindi ko napaghandaan," he said.

Asked of his reply, Montecarlo said: "Natiyambahan ko po sabi ko every three weeks po."

Although Montecarlo said his ex-husband and his family have been good to him, he decided to sacrifice the marriage because of the strict Muslim laws on homosexuality.

"Napakabait nilang pamilya. Kaya lang napag-alaman ko sa batas ng mga Muslim, kapag ang isang babae ay napag-alaman na hindi pala isang ganap na babae noong siya ay isinalang, ako po ay idi-deport lang, wala pong problema sa akin. Ang magkakaroon po ng problema ay ang aking partner -- makukulong na po siya ng habang buhay and I can't be so selfish na para lang  mapunanan 'yung aking kaligayahan na babae ako, may asawa ako, and sa huli ay ang aking loving partner ay makukulong lamang. So I decided na umuwi na po at iwanan," Montecarlo explained.

He also said he cut off all communication with his ex-husband.

"Wala na po kaming komunikasyon ngayon. Hindi ko po pinaalam sa kanya kung nasaan ako. Kahit po sa parents ko and sisters na kapag tatawag siya ay huwag sasabihin kung nasaan akong bansa, kung ano ang number ko. I really want to cut it off para maka-move on na siya at makahanap ng isang pag-ibig na naibigay ng isang Filipinang katulad ko po," he said.
 
Montecarlo, who holds a doctorate degree, said he's now happy being single and hopes to have a chance to work in television.

His life story will be featured in "Rated K" this Sunday on ABS-CBN.