Karylle on Zsa Zsa Padilla, starting a family, and new show ‘Private Investigator’

Alexa Villano
Karylle on Zsa Zsa Padilla, starting a family, and new show ‘Private Investigator’
Karylle talks about her mom's reunion with her former fiancé, starting a family with Yael Yuzon, and starring in a new Singaporean TV series, 'Private Investigator'

MANILA, Philippines – Zsa Zsa Padilla is keeping quiet about her former fiancé Conrad Onglao, and so is her daughter Karylle.

Last October, Zsa Zsa’s manager Nene Atilano confirmed that the singer got back together with Conrad Onglao. The two called off their engagement in May 2016. (READ: Zsa Zsa Padilla after broken engagement: ‘I’m healing’)

At a January 3 press conference for her Singaporean show Private Investigator, curious reporters asked Karylle whether the couple the New Year together, but Karylle didn’t give any details.

“I’m trying not to say so much because siguro (I guess), my mom wants to be the one to speak for herself,” she said.

“But siguro what I can say is, I love my family, each and every member. Parang yung pinapanood ko (it’s like what I’m watching) it’s a modern family who is growing and it’s a wonderful family.”

When asked if her mom is very happy, Karylle said: “Well from her photos alone, you can always tell that she’s super-duper blooming.”

Zsa Zsa often posts photos of herself and her family on social media, but rarely of Conrad, though he can sometimes be seen on her Instagram Stories posts and she refers to him in some of her photos’ captions. 

During the New Year, Zsa Zsa reflected on the past year on Instagram and though she didn’t specifically mention Conrad, she said, “I’m happy to be reunited with my love and we plan bigger things for us in 2017.”


From me and my girls, Happy 2017, everyone!!! May the good Lord bless us all with good health, happier times with family and friends, new work opportunities that would continue to inspire us and may we travel to new places we aspire to be! May our hearts be filled with love and may we all find the love that would complete us. I wish all beautiful things for you, my friend. Thank you for being part of my 2016. It was some year for me- if you know what I mean, but I survived the ups and downs thanks to all of you. I am grateful to God for all the lessons I've learned in 2016. It also brought me closer to my family in Las Vegas. And I'm grateful to all of them. I'm happy to be reunited with my love and we plan bigger things for us in 2017. Thank you, friends, for your love and understanding. Here's looking to a brighter and better 2017 for us all! Happy New Year!!! #NYE #newyear #2017 #grateful #GodisGoodAllTheTime

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On ‘Private Investigator,’ starting a family

Karylle herself may be starting her own family soon, with her husband Sponge Cola frontman Yael Yuzon, whom she married in March 2014. 

It can happen any time, she said: “I think hindi naman puwedeng i-plan (you don’t plan it), but we’re ready. We are definitely ready,” she said.

In the meantime, Karylle is busy with the show Private Investigator (P.I.), the 3rd Singaporean TV show she’s been in – she previously starred in The Kitchen Musical and appeared in Point of Entry. 

According to a press release for Private Investigator, she plays the role of Maia, a pole dancer and single parent who is a private investigator at a fake agency called “The Honest Agency.”

Karylle may have danced before, having taken ballet in her early years, but she said that pole dancing was one of the challenges she had to go through for the role. 

To learn how to do it, Karylle, an It’s Showtime host, took lessons from the show’s dancers. 

PROUD PINOY MOMENT…KARYLLE as a lead actress in the new Asian tv series…

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Joining Karylle are Carl Ng, Vanessa Vanderstraaten, Kathiravan Kandavelu, Joyce Ng, Najib Soiman, Shane Mardjuki, Terence Tay, and Kaidon Jinyan. The show will run for 13 episodes and can be watched via toggle.sg/pich5. The show will premiere in Singapore, January 9. – Rappler.com

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Alexa Villano

Alexa is one of Rappler's Lifestyle and Entertainment reporters, covering local entertainment news to a wide range of topics from beauty pageants to reality shows.