“Para silang peanut butter and jelly,”—this was how Ogie Alcasid described the bond of his ex-wife Michelle van Eimeren with their daughter Leila Alcasid.
Leila was only four years old when she went to live in Australia with her mother. But just last year, she decided to move back here in the Philippines. It was a decision that sparked speculations about the kind of relationship she has with her mother. But while these photos Leila and Michelle’s social media accounts speak for themselves, the songwriter was still quick to clarify on Tonight With Boy Abunda (WATCH: Totoo nga bang hindi okay si Leila at ang kanyang ina kaya mas piniling makapiling si Ogie ngayon?) that they’re actually very close. According to Ogie, the former beauty queen was even the one who broke the news to him and said, “All those years you weren’t with your daughter, this is your time now.”
True enough, Ogie is now not only her father but also manager. At the age of 20, Leila has officially signed with Star Music. During the press conference, she expressed how thankful she was for her father’s support and the knowledge he’s given her, while the Tawag ng Tanghalan judge tried his best to hold his tears.