In an effort to correct her past mistakes and come out clean, model-turned-TV-host Phoemela Baranda,has divulged her best kept secret by introducing her 15-year-old daughter named Kim.
In an exclusive interview with "Ang Buzz ng Bayan," aired on Sunday, Phoem confessed that she had Kim when she was only 18-years-old to a former boyfriend which her mother doesn’t approve of.
Phoem, shamefully admitted that for 15 years she took on the life of a single woman by introducing Kim as her niece when she was a lot younger to her younger sister when she eventually grew up.
While her boyfriend wanted to take the responsibility by fathering the child and marrying her, Phoem shared that her mother wanted otherwise.
"My mom told me to hide [my pregnancy] because I was modelling at that time," she explained.
Citing that she was off for a brief vacation, Phoem flew to the US when she was still four months pregnant and only returned to the country after she has given birth to Kim.
However, things eventually turned around for the former “The Buzz” reporter when her mother passed away as she was forced to take over the responsibility of rearing her daughter.
According to her, their relationship as mother and daughter was initially awkward but she made every effort to patch things up between the two of them.
”Kami ni Kim, inaayos ko ngayon. She’s giving me a chance to fix everything,” she said while adding, “Hindi kami ganun ka-close, sa isat’ isa. But I’m trying my best na makabawi sa lost time.”
Why is she coming out only now?
“I’ve been wanting to do this,” the 33-year-old TV host told hosts Boy Abunda, Janice de Belen and Carmina Villaroel.
“I owe it to Kim… I’m proud of Kim and I want to acknowledge her. I want to show her to the whole world,” she continued.
Meanwhile, Kim, who was also on the show, revealed that she never bore any grudges against her mother for hiding her away for quite a while.
She even added that, given the nature of show business, she understands the fact that at that time, it was a decision that her mom and her late grandmother had to make.
“In-explain naman sa akin that they did for security, for her career. I know naman how showbiz is,” she recalled about the talk that she had with her mom and a certain Tito of hers.
Now that her mom confessed about her existence to the public, her life is bound to change and Kim says she’s ready for it.
“I think I’m kind of mature enough. Growing up I was raised to be strong,” she replied.
In the end, she told Phoem that she appreciates every bit of effort made by the Kapamilya host to reach out to her.
“I appreciate all the things you’re doing for me, all the catching up you’re doing. I know sometimes I’m a rebel, but I love you,” she said, even adding that she’s content having Phoem as her mother and father at the same time and doesn’t feel the need to learn who her real father was.