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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jan 5, 2013

Sarah Lahbati To Leave Showbiz Ang Bf Richard Gutierrez To Study In Switzerland

IN LINE with the statement issued by GMA-7 about her, Sarah Lahbati also made a statement in Twitter that she’s leaving showbiz to go home to her dad in Switzerland for a while to study:

"To all my friends and supporters, I'd like to thank you for the love and loyalty you've given me. I've been very blessed last year and I'm grateful to all of you but unfortunately you will be seeing less of me this year for reasons that are hard to explain through Twitter.

"I've had misunderstandings with the people who are handling my career. I am still thankful to them for the efforts they have shown in the past but now I feel neglected and my back is against the wall. Therefore I have to do something. Just to clarify this issue that's someone to protect & help my well being in this cut throat industry.

"Tita Annabelle only wants the best for me, with her years of experience and success in this industry I know that she's the right person to help me. When my ­family made this decision, we were already sure that an artist tied up with GMA Artist Center such as myself can be co-managed by another talent company because I was offered by top management of GMA to sign a contract with ICONS management just a few months before I signed with Tita ­Annabelle. I didn't sign with ICONS because they wanted to deduct another 15% on top of the 25% that is being deducted by GMA Artist Center.
"We found that too steep of a deduction they wanted to deduct ano­ther 15% on top of the 25% that is being deducted by GMA Artist Center. We found that too steep of a deduction for someone who just started such as myself. Because of all of this uncertainty and stress, my family and I decided that I go back to Switzerland and study there :(.
"This does not mean that I will be gone from the industry and craft that I love. Just a breather from all the chaos. Nakakalungkot na umabot pa sa ganito. But I'm also excited to study. I trust God's plans for me... :)”

Various speculations came up because of this. Someone said she’s pregnant and will just deliver her baby abroad. She denies this vehemently. Another know it all says it’s just a play for her to get out of GMA-7 later, along with Richard. They also deny this. Still another rumor is that she’ll return later to be managed solely by Annabelle, who also denies and said she has dropped Sarah as one of her talents. Yet another rumor says this is just a gimmick of Regal Entertainment to drum up Sarah’s movie with them, “The Seduction”, which pairs her with Richard.

Hmmm, the plot thickens. Personally, we’re really wondering why Sarah is behaving like this when GMA-7 is not neglecting her at all. She’s currently in “Indio” and she’s supposed to do another soap pairing her with Aljur Abrenica. She’s also in the GMA Films horror flick, “Basement”. Compared to other newcomers under GMA Artist Center, mas alagang-alaga siya. So what gives?

If she’s really going to Switzerland, what happens then to her intense love affair with Richard from whom she’s inseparable these days? About this, Sarah says in her Twitter: "I've always thought that long-distance relationships were total crap but then I guess you'll realize that distance means nothing when the person means so much."

Meantime, here’s GMA’s official reply to Sarah’s tweets: “GMA maintains its position that Sarah Lahbati violated her contract with the network. The walk-out incident from a taping of Sarah Lahbati is still being investigated. We welcome Sarah’s denial that she walked out from that taping and her denial will expedite the action(s) we will take depending on the result of our investigation because there will no longer be any need to ask her to explain. We are not going to comment at this time on the other statements of Sarah Lahbati that has no relevance to the violation of her contract with GMA. Sarah Lahbati was discovered by the network and is a homegrown talent developed, trained, and promoted by the network