They may be OPM’s King and Queen of RnB, but Kyla and Jay-R actually have their own king and queen in real life. And we’re able to not just get a glimpse of their beautiful partnership on-and-off-stage, but of their blissful marriages with their respective spouses as well, during their guesting in Magandang Buhay on Monday, December 14.
The two opened the show by performing their song “Undeniable”, which, according to them, chronicles the relationship they used to have in the past, with Kyla teasing that Jay-R actually had a crush on her before. Yet, at present, they consider each other as “siblings from another mother.”
In the interview proper, they talked about how their admirable and strong friendship started. Kyla recalled how she initially perceived him as mayabang or arrogant since he came from the United States and even had bodyguards then. But that impression didn’t last as they got closer in the long run and became friends.
“’Yong music talaga ang nagbuo ng lahat. Tapos parang eventually, naging magkaibigan na talaga kami. Naging close friend ko siya. Isa siya sa masasabi kong one of my closest friends na as in I can ask for advice tapos sasabihin niya rin talaga ‘yong totoo, whether or not maganda siya or hindi. He will always be very truthful kaya masasabi ko na mabuti siyang kaibigan,” she disclosed that made him apparently thrilled and joyous.
Jay-R divulged that it was actually him who came up with the idea and proposed it to her. Kyla then asked for the permission of her husband, ex-basketball player Rich Alvarez, by laying to him the concept of the song. The King of RnB did the same to his wife Mica Javier and both of their partners agreed in the end!
The two singers then went on to enthusiastically reminisce the moments that inspired “Undeniable” and revealed – once and for all – that they indeed used to have a crush on each other.
Moving on to the momshie-hosts’ conversation with Kyla and Rich, who was then live via video call, the couple happily talked about their blissful nine year-marriage and how they’ve remained strong through the years. The former baller described how his beloved wife have amazingly remained to be the same person that she was when they first met fifteen years ago. On the other hand, Kyla regarded their high respect for one another.
Apart from the support his sweet husband has been giving him, the 39-year-old songstress also gets some suggestions from him on how she should perform and how she and Jay-R should project themselves on-stage. In fact, even before they became an item, she divulged that Rich had been recording all her performances in the past.
They also willingly opened up regarding the greatest challenge they went through – which was their two miscarriages prior to having their unico hijo Toby, who’s been making their union stronger.
“Si Toby, aside from our genuine love for our son, motivated kami pareho na magkaroon ng masayang tahanan para sa anak namin, para maganda ‘yong kahihinatnan niya paglaki niya. Kasi sa tingin namin, malaking bagay ‘yong nakikita ng anak namin na mahal naming ‘yong isa’t isa kasi ‘yon ang magiging basis ni Toby paglaki niya na ‘uy, ‘yong mommy’t daddy ko, mahal nila ‘yong isa’t isa; they respect each other’. And so, he will grow up to have respect for women,” Kyla stated.
She also sang a portion of “Beautiful Days”, the song she wrote and sang out of her overwhelming love for her husband, which not only touched his heart, but ours as well.
“I love you. I will always love you. Whatever small arguments that we have, I know you get frustrated sometimes, the house is not clean enough. But I’m trying to be better everyday for you and of course our family. I love you and I love your song with Jay-R,” Rich smittenly said.
Kyla retorted by saying, “Sweetheart, I love you. Thank you for everything, thank you for understanding, for all your love. Kasi feeling ko, this year has been different ‘di ba for everybody? If you weren’t my husband, I don’t know how I could cope, seriously. I love you and thanks for everything! Thanks for everything that you are ‘cause you’re just perfect for me. I love you so much.”
When it was their turn, Jay-R and Mica revealed that their ligawan stage lasted for nine months as the latter wanted to explore and pursue her career in the local entertainment scene first before getting into a romantic relationship. This was even though she admitted that they immediately clicked and loved to hang out together. But in the end, his persistence paid off as she eventually agreed to become his girlfriend.
They actually broke up for a month, which helped her realize that she wanted to go on in life with him by her side.
When asked for his message for his gorgeous wife, Jay-R sweetly uttered, “Mica, ang dami na nating pinagdaanan and sa mga pinagdaanan natin, nandito pa rin tayo coz we love each other and we respect each other. Promise ko sa’yo, ‘pag sa future meron tayong pinagdaanan, it’s gonna be like this, nothing’s gonna change. We’re just gonna learn from it, we’re gonna grow with each other, we’re gonna keep on loving each other, love each other more. So, ‘wag kang mag-alala, hindi ako magbabago, dito pa rin ako for you.”
Mica replied to it by saying, “I love you so much. Kahit ilang beses na sabihin ko sa’yo ‘yon, parang ‘di mo pa rin mapaniwalaan. ‘Di ko alam kung bakit. I am here for you through whatever it is that you’re going through or will go through kasi alam ko ‘yong mga napagdaanan natin, medyo mahirap ‘yong ibang parte, pero sa future baka meron pang mas mahirap do’n. So, I want you to know na kahit ano pa man ‘yan, I will be the Wonder Woman that will get you through anything. And that’s a promise because I love you that much. I respect you so much as a person, as an artist. Ako ‘yong tipong gusto ko talagang mag-succeed ka sa lahat ng gusto mong gawin sa buhay at tuwang-tuwa ako kapag maraming nangyayaring maganda sa’yo – sa career mo, even sa hobbies mo na gusto mong gawin. And, I’m excited for everything that we will have in the future. So excited.”
Momshie Karla Estrada giddily interjected that she thought Mica would announce that she’s already pregnant, which the latter denied and said, “Hindi pa.”
Watch Magandang Buhay weekday mornings on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, and A2Z Channel 11.
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