Summer Ayana, the daughter of former couple LJ Reyes and Paolo Contis, has turned 3.
The actress took to Instagram on Tuesday, January 4, to share her heartwarming birthday message for their daughter, describing Summer as a "God-sent angel" who has brought so much joy in her life.
"I wanna say 'I can’t believe you’re 3!' but it has always felt like you’re much older than you actually are! You are a God-sent angel who never fails to brighten up our day with your non-stop talking and singing, and dancing too! Thank you for bringing so much joy in my life! I am so grateful to be your mother!" said LJ.
"Continue making pa-cute to mommy kasi kilig na kilig ako," she continued. "I love you sooooo much my love Summer! Happiest birthday!!!"
Last September 2021, LJ confirmed that she and Paolo had separated after being together for more than six years.
At the height of the controversy surrounding their split, the actress flew to New York along with Summer and her eldest child, Aki. Speaking with Boy Abunda, LJ said she decided to bring her kids abroad so they can have a "healthy and safe environment." Currently, they are staying with her family who based there.
At the time, the actress said she didn’t have any "concrete plans" about their stay in the US, although she did mention the possibility of settling there for good.
In her most recent interview, LJ admitted that she is still in the process of healing from her breakup with Paolo.
"There are days that I find it difficult to...ang hirap nito. Okay, nandito kayo ng mga bata. Kailangan kayanin mo. Halos minu-minuto akong nagdadasal. If not, may mga araw na I don't feel okay,” she confessed.
“It will be a very long journey, a difficult one. Pero, kumakapit na ako sa Diyos...Pinagdadasal ko na mapatawad ko siya kasi I know if I don't forgive him, this very dark emotion will eat me up. And I won't be able to move on with my kids nang maayos. 'Yung walang galit. May pain, hindi mawawala yun,” she added.