MANILA, Philippines -- Comedienne-actress Rosario "Tart" Carlos turned emotional as she recalled her being a battered wife during her first marriage, which lasted 11 years.
Carlos, who is popular for her role as the nanny Doris in the hit daytime series "Be Careful With My Heart," tearfully recalled her abusive relationship with her former partner in an interview "Showbiz Inside Report" aired Saturday.
"Maaga akong nagkaroon ng asawa, 11 years naman. I was actually battered physically, emotionally. He [was] alcoholic," she said.
At the time, Carlos said she willingly endured being physically abused, but decided to leave her husband when he also hurt their eldest son. "Inuntog niya sa pader, tapos dugo agad dito (pointing to forehead)," she said.
Turning emotional, the stand-up comedienne recalled fleeing their home to seek help from her friend. She said going to her family was not an option at the time, as she feared her father, a policeman, could "kill" her husband knowing of the abusive relationship.
"That's the time na natakbo ko ang Baclaran hanggang Buendia nang walang sapatos, tapos karga-karga ko 'yung anak ko. wala akong dalang pera, walang cellphone, ganoon.
"Pero hindi ako pwede umuwi agad kasi pulis ang tatay ko, baka patayin siya noon. Pumunta ako sa friend ko. nagpagaling ako, nagpagaling 'yung anak ko, tsaka kami umuwi sa amin," she said.
After some time, Carlos said she forgave her husband and tried to salvage their marriage. However, according to the comedienne, her partner remained abusive.
"Tinanggap ko parin siya, binigyan ko siya ng second chance, [pero] hindi parin huminto. Tinuluyan na namin [hiwalayan] talaga," she said.
Eventually, Carlos recalled, her family learned of her being a battered wife. She said even her sister was physically abused by her (Carlos') husband.
On finally moving on from her first marriage, Carlos said in jest, "Totoo ang kasabihan na pag lalaki ang problema, lalaki rin ang solusyon!"
Now with four kids, Carlos said she is happy with her current partner, her third since separating from her former husband.