Less than a month after he and longtime partner Maia Leviste Azores welcomed their baby daughter Sarina into the world, Jhong Hilario decided that he would not continue on in his journey in the current season of Your Face Sounds Familiar. The 44-year-old dancer-host cited the current pandemic as a big factor in his decision to leave the show and to keep his three-week-old daughter safe from threat of being infected.
“Nakakalungkot na sabihin ito sa inyong lahat, kailangan ko po munang magpaalam sa 'Your Face Sounds Familiar'. Meron kasing bata. Eh ang bata kapag may nararamdaman, hindi nakakapagsalita. Pinag-isipan ko ito, hindi ako nakatulog. Pero itong desisyon po na ito talagang inisip ko talaga yung anak ko e. Gusto ko malaman niya paglaki niya, kaya ko ginawa iyon kasi mahal na mahal ko siya,” Jhong told the show through a video call.
In his farewell message, Jhong also included his gratefulness to his home network and the show for understanding why he had to leave before finishing the season. “Gusto kong pasalamatan ang ABS-CBN management, ang Your Face Sounds Familiar family dahil sa pag-intindi nila nung nagpaalam ako sa kanila,” he added.
One of those who showed support for Jhong’s decision is YFSF host Luis Manzano who echoed the sentiment that family should always come first, “May bagong chapter na dumating sa buhay mo at naiintindihan namin na mayroong bagong responsibilidad na kaakibat yan,” Luis said.
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