Kuh Ledesma talks about her Faith, 'My Husband's Lover' and 'One More Try'

Singer-actress Kuh Ledesma is doing a great job as Carla Abellana’s “monster-in-law” in the hit GMA primetime series, “My Husband’s Lover.”
 
Kuh portrays as Elaine, the doting mother of Vincent (Tom Rodriguez), a closet bisexual who decided to marry Lally (Carla Abellana) after he got her pregnant. Vincent genuinely loves Lally but he also loves his high school sweetheart Eric (Dennis Trillo), a self-confessed homosexual.
 
In real life, Kuh has no son but she has a daughter -- Isabella Gonzales – also a recording artist. Asked how she would take it if she had a son who is gay, she replied: “Siguro kaya hindi ako binigyan ng anak na lalaki kasi baka hindi ko kayanin… (laughs). Pero I think kakayanin ko,” quipped the singer-actress.  “For me, it’s a very light challenge compared to what I’ve been through in life. Kakayanin at kakayanin ko.”
 
Kuh said she would seek Divine intervention and will give her son the proper guidance.
 
“Para sa akin, meron tayong Diyos ng imposible e. Dapat, as a Christian family, kailangan sundin natin kung ano ang gusto ng Diyos.  If I don’t follow it and I don’t give my gay child the right guidance kung ano ang gusto ng Diyos, e alam ko na kung hindi disenyo ng Diyos, hindi siya mabi-bless sa buhay niya. So, through prayers and guidance counsellors and all that, dapat i-guide ko siya. In the end, it will still be his final choice but at least gagawin ko yung dapat kong gawin, and I believe in the power of prayers,” she said.
 
In the story of “My Husband’s Lover,” Vincent’s troubles begin when he decides to marry Lally, whom he had known for just a couple of months – this he did despite his doubts about his own sexuality.
 
Kuh said that many young couples nowadays face marital crisis because they viewed marriage simply as a cover for an unplanned pregnancy.
 
“Kasi ang Diyos talaga nangungusap sa atin when it comes to marriages e. Kung nagmamadali tayo dun na tayo nagkakaroon ng mga problema,” she explained.
 
“Ang Diyos kasi he works in all good things so I think that [“My Husband’s Lover”] is a good thing because it teaches naïve men and women about marriage: na dapat hindi tayo sumampa lang sa marriage lalo na kung yung mapapangasawa natin ay kakakilala lang natin. Kahit na nabuntis ka pa, dapat huwag kang magpakasal agad. You still have to learn more about that person kung talagang ‘yon ang dapat mong pakasalan,” she added.
 
Apart from singing and acting, Kuh, a Born Again Christian, is also busy ministering to couples with marital problems and dysfunctional families. She gives talks about parenting, family life and relationships.
 
“I do talks in churches with women who got separated at kung anu-anong mga problema sa family – I realize na magagamit ko ang story ng ‘My Husband’s Lover’ sa talks ko. I can even flash some past scenes na napakita na sa TV to talk about what is wrong, what is right and what should be done in dysfunctional families and families na may ganitong mga challenge,” said Kuh.
 
Contrary to what “conservative” critics say about “My Husband’s Lover,” Kuh believes that the show is actually doing more than just entertaining audiences.
 
“Maraming lessons [ang mapupulot sa show na ito] and I’m praying that our writers would be more inspired to bring in the truth about life more than just ‘kilig-kilig’ lang para lang mag-rate. I believe in Suzette Doctolero, she’s a very intelligent and good head writer.  With prayers, her wisdom and her experience in writing, I believe that she will be putting in more things na kapupulutan ng aral ng mga tao,” she said.
 
Kuh is flattered by the warm reception of their show, something that she and her fellow cast members didn’t expect especially because of its sensitive theme.
 
“Sometimes, there’s a reason na ina-allow ng Diyos ang mga bagay na ganito, pinag-uusapan, you know, it’s really the talk of the town. When there is a gathering, people talk about it and people give their own ideas and opinions and so, natututo ang mga tao. Kahit sabihin mo pang kontrobersiyal, mabuti nga kontrobersiyal kasi  mas pinapanood ng tao e,” Kuh said.
 
More than just being a “gay-themed” TV series, “My Husband’s Lover” claims to be a story of marriage, family and the universal feeling of love regardless of sexual orientation.
 
Kuh’s character is married to the domineering Armando Soriano (Roi Vinzon), a retired army general who is “allergic” to gays. Several weeks ago, viewers saw how Gen. Armando gave a brutal beating to his gay nephew Zandro (Keempee de Leon) after the latter showed up wearing a lady’s dress at Gen. Armando and Elaine’s wedding anniversary.  The incident almost resulted in Zandro’s father Manuel having a heart attack.
 
“In spiritual terms, mas deep ang reason why somebody like Armando and Elaine would be given a gay child. God is allowing these things for our good. This is written in Romans 8:28, ‘And so we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.’ So, kung ang isang pamilya ay tinawag ng Diyos, aayusin niyang lahat ang mga problema ng family na ‘yan at i-pull ang mga miyembro ng pamilya towards Him para magkaroon sila ng relationship sa Diyos,” Kuh explained.
 
One More Try
With Kuh’s return to television comes the revival of one of her favorite singles, “One More Try.” The song, which talks about keeping and letting go, is used as the series’ theme music.
 
According to Kuh, she recorded the song some 30 years ago and it was one of the singles in her “I Think I’m in Love” album, which made a popular hit out of the song “I Think I’m in Love.”
 
“It (One More Try) is really an amazing song; it’s one of my favorites in that album,” admitted Kuh. “Pero hindi siya naging ganun ka-sikat. Some radio stations played it at the time pero yung ‘I Think I’m in Love’ was the one that became a bigger hit talaga. Pero tingnan mo ngayon: a good song will really make it no matter what,” she said.
 
“One More Try” was composed by Cecile Azarcon-Inocentes, the creator of timeless OPM hits “Ikaw Ang Lahat sa Akin,” “Lift Up Your Hands,” “How Did You Know,” “Even If,” among others.
 
New Album
Apart from “My Husband’s Lover,” Kuh is also busy preparing for her upcoming album entitled “Ikaw.” The album is a collection of revivals of hit OPM (Original Pilipino Music) love songs.
 
“All of the songs in that album have the word ‘Ikaw’ in their titles: ‘Ikaw Lamang,’ ‘Ikaw ang Lahat sa Akin,’ ‘Ikaw,’ etc. It’s really like a wedding album, for lovers, etc.,” she shared.
 
The album, which will be released by Universal Records, will be available soon in major record stores nationwide.
 
Meanwhile, get your daily dose of Kuh Ledesma in “My Husband’s Lover,” airs Mondays through Fridays, after “Mundo Mo’y Akin” on GMA Telebabad.
 
Like and follow the show’s official account on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/myhusbandslover) and on Twitter (@myhusbandslover).
 
- Neil Celeste T. Rara, GMA Social Media
 


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