MANILA, Philippines – Netizens were left at buzz when actor Richard Gutierrez finally broke his silence and admitted Sunday night the he has a child with Sarah Lahbati.
PEP.ph reported that Richard made the admission during the pilot episode of the Gutierrez family’s reality show “It Takes GUTZ To Be A Gutierrez.”
“Yes, I’m a proud father,” said Richard, while Sarah at her side shed tears of joy. With a feeling of relief, Sarah posted a picture on her Instagram account minutes after the revelation, showing her hand with a baby’s hand resting on it with the caption, “Extremely proud to announce the new member of our family, baby Zion.”
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Earlier reports said that Richard believes it was the perfect time to reveal that he and Sarah were parents.
“One, Sarah is finally back in GMA. And two, we’re doing a reality show for E! And now, everything… you know, everything is good, wala na kaming problema (we don’t have any problems). Now is the perfect time to answer it.
And we will answer it in the next episodes—all of the questions,” he said.
The 30-year-old actor also addressed the media speculation surrounding his relationship with Sarah in the same show.
“A lot of people think that Sarah left the country because we are having a baby and she’s pregnant. I just want to set the record straight and tell everyone that I’m a proud father of baby Zion,” Richard said.
Meanwhile, Ruffa Gutierrez, Richard’s sister, also expressed how happy she is for her brother and Sarah using her Instagram account. In a repost of a photo from Frank Briones, Ruffa posted that finally the ‘cat is out of the bag.’
“Oh my Goddddddd!!!! And I’m crying now. Grand revelation on the premiere episode of #ittakesgutztobeagutierrez [email protected] publicly announcing he is a proud father. So proud of you and @sarahlahbati . Crying and cheering now at Casa Gutierrez and their phones now are not stopping.” ?????????????? the cat is out of the bag!!! So happy for @richardgutz &@sarahlahbati”
Even Baby Zion has yet to appear on the show. Netizens are saying that the Gutierrez family raised the level of reality shows.
It was on 2013 when Sarah broke her contract with GMA and left for Switzerland. That time, many speculations were assumed. It was this year when she made peace with the network and has returned to acting last March.
With all that happened, Richard has remained quiet about Sarah’s sudden “leave of absence” but confirmed that he and the actress are still together.
It Takes Gutz To Be A Gutierrez is shown on the E! Channel (Ch. 57 on Skycable).