ABS-CBN.com November 05, 2014 11:36 PM
At the height of Sarah Lahbati’s career and popularity, she disappeared out of radar and away from showbiz. Rumors of her pregnancy loomed over and haunted Richard. She was gone for five months and people speculated. On June 1 of this year, the pilot episode of E!’s reality series It Takes Gutz To Be A Gutierrez starring Richard Gutierrez and his family aired and a bombshell was dropped. Towards the end of the show, Richard admitted to fathering a son with Sarah. A baby boy uniquely named Zion.
“Chard and I had an agreement, if we had a girl, I would name her. But if we had a boy, he would be the one. And he picked Zion, from the Bible, which means ‘sacred place’ and ‘safe haven’ and I liked the name Zion.”
Sarah, together with Richard, felt safe to finally speak. When asked why they decided to come out with the truth, Sarah says “I realized it’s not such a bad thing to share [this] with people. And I feel I owed it to my fans who stayed with me even if I went away.”
Sarah expected the publicity but was surprised at the extent of the attention towards her and baby Zion. The press had a field day and ratings for the show soared.
For a while it was such a struggle for Sarah. “I feel like my privacy keeps me sane. So now I feel insane with the show. It’s just so ironic that I’m in showbiz because I feel I’m most myself when I’m by myself,” Sarah confesses.
Read more about Sarah and the new chapter in her life in Metro Magazine’s November issue.