Carmina Villaroel reacts to ex-hubby's 'sex change plan'

by Reyma Buan-Deveza,

Posted at Apr 22 2010 01:27 PM | Updated as of Apr 23 2010 10:57 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Actress-host Carmina Villaroel fully supports the reported plan of her former husband to undergo sex-change operation.

Villaroel used to be married to former matinee idol Rustom Padilla, brother of Robin Padilla. Years after Villaroel and Rustom’s separation, he came out of the closet and publicly declared that he is gay. He later changed his name to Bebe Gandanghari.

Reports are now circulating that Gandanghari is planning to undergo sex-change operation, but the gay actor has yet to confirm them. Rumor also has it that Robin left the country for a while after Gandanghari had breast implants.

In an interview with, Villaroel said she sees nothing wrong if Gandanghari pushes through with his reported plan. She said she supports Gandanghari’s decision as long as it makes him happy.

“Kung wala naman siyang sinasagasaang tao, kung malinis at marangal naman ang pagkuha niya ng pagpapagawa niya… Hindi naman kasalanan ang magpagawa o magpa-retoke,” she said.

She added: “That's his choice. Mabibigla pa ba tayo? I mean, kung 'yon ang kaligayahan niya, [go]."

 Villaroel has twins, Cassandra and Maverick, with current partner actor Zoren Legaspi.

Earlier, Ang Ladlad, a party-list group for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT), has given Gandanghari its “moral support.”

Although Gandanghari is not an official member of the organization, the gay actor is a supporter of Ang Ladlad. -Reyma Buan-Deveza,