Lani on husband Bong: Nobody’s perfect

By Nini Valera“I HAVE KNOWN [for quite a while] that he has a son by another woman,” said Lani Mercado, referring to her husband, Sen. Bong Revilla.In an exclusive interview with Inquirer Entertainment, Lani, 38, said she and Bong just didn’t talk about the boy in public.
“We want to protect the boy and his mother from intrigues. They are very private people. The mother is now married and raising her own children. This is the first and last time that I will [discuss] this.”

Lani said she met the boy for the first time in 1998 (he is about 15 years old now), when Bong’s mother died. She said the first concern was how they would tell their children.

Bong and Lani have six kids—Bryan, 20; Jolo, 18; Inah, 17; Gianna, 11; Loudette, 9; and Ram, 8.

Lani recalled: “One night, Bong gathered me and our three oldest children … and told them about his son. They understood the situation, and have since accepted that they have another brother.”

Eventually, Bong introduced the boy to the younger ones. “They now call him kuya,” Lani said. “Ram often sends his ‘kuya’ text messages about computer games.”

Hurt, of course

She admitted that Bong’s revelation had hurt at first. “Of course, I cried. I am not made of stone. But we worked it out.”

If it had remained an issue, she said, they would no longer be together. “[But] I love my family. I respect my husband. [And] he chose to stay.”

Lani said she kept in touch with the boy. “In fact, I informed him through a text message when Bong was in the hospital recently.”

She might have been less forgiving, she said, if Bong had told her only now. “I [believe] I was stronger when I was younger. It would really, really hurt me [now] if he had a second child by yet another woman.”
Before this interview, Lani was taping for QTV 11’s talk show, “Moms”—where she is one of the hosts. The subject was cheating in love.

“Our marriage is strong,” she said. “I will always [work] to keep it that way. We always aim for a perfect world, but nobody’s perfect.”

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