Actress Gelli de Belen has said that she was hesistant at first to accept a role in new primetime show “Magpahanggang Wakas” on ABS-CBN because she would be working with her sister’s former husband John Estrada.
“It was a consideration. I wanted to know what the role was and kung anong koneksyon ko kay John. Tinanong ko kung asawa ni John o ex-wife? Doon na ako sa ex-wife! Mahirap na mag-sweet-sweet kami. Hello? Parang ex-magkapatid kami or whatever you want to call it,” said De Belen during an interview on “Tonight With Boy Abunda” on ABS-CBN.
Asked if Gelli got mad at Estrada when he and her sister separated, Gelli said: “Oo naman noh! My God!”
“Itago na lang ’yung tanong na yan please. Baka magbalik-ala-ala ito,” said Estrada as he smiled.
Gelli is the younger sister of Janice de Belen. Estrada and Janice got married in 1992 but they separated in 2004.
They have four children – Inah, Moira, Kaila and Yuan. Janice remains single while Estrada wed former beauty queen Priscilla Meirelles in 2011.
Gelli, 43, is married to singer-actor Ariel Rivera. They have two sons Joaquin and Julio.
In the new teleserye, Gelli plays Jenna, the former wife of Estrada, who was caught with another man.
Asked if they were talking to each other on the set, Estrada said: “Hindi naman siya iyong naging asawa ko kaya okay lang sa akin.”
Of his character in the series, Estrada said: “I don’t want to catch my wife in a room with another man. Kahit na ano pang explanation mo. You have no right to be here with that guy!”
The new primetime series stars Jericho Rosales and Arci Munoz.