- For the first time, Sunshine Cruz finally revealed the kinds of abuses she suffered from ex-husband Cesar Montano
- She said that though there were signs, she didn't mind them because she was so in love
- Now, she finally found the courage to reveal the nightmare that she has gone through
Sunshine Cruz and Cesar Montano's marriage has ended when the court granted the annulment that Shine filed against Cesar four years ago.
KAMI learned that she was so happy when she learned that the court has finally annulled the marriage that her shout reverberated in their home.
It was also on that day, September 18, that Sunshine also was interviewed by PEP.
What initially was a simple "reaction" interview turned out to be an "overdue" confession from Shine.
Sunshine gave details that she may somehow never dared to reveal before.
According to the actress, "I was thinking na pag kinasal ka na, fairytale na, and we live happily ever after. Magkakaroon ka ng mga anak, and we'll be happy. Ganoong-ganoon ang iniisip ko noon."
Nightmares started during honeymoon
Shine recalled that she was 23 when she got married to Cesar and that there were already signs but she simply didn't mind them because she was in love.
During the honeymoon, Shine said that Cesar threw their wedding ring and that he wanted her to admit that her bed scenes with her former onscreen partners were "real."
According to Shine, it was supposed to be a happy day because it was honeymoon but it clearly wasn't.
"Masakit man aminin, pero honeymoon pa lang, tinapon niya yung wedding ring namin sa ano, nung nag-Carribean cruise kami."
"Sa honeymoon namin, sabi ko, 'Kahit balatan mo ako, kahit itapon mo ako sa dagat, wala akong aaminin! Kasi, hindi totoo!" said Sunshine.
Even with this, Shine consoled herself by telling herself that perhaps, it was simply because of his upbringing.
"And I was thinking na, maybe, it was just yung pagpapalaki sa kanya, upbringing niya.
"Baka talaga medyo may temper lang. Yun yung iniisip ko--may temper lang.
"'Tapos, lagi sa 'kin sinasabi ng ibang tao na, 'Maybe you just have to prove your worth as a person.' Ganun na lang lagi.
"That's what I did. Napasubo na ako, kasal na ako--anong gagawin ko?"
Mariana del Rio, 16
She even recalled the time that she confronted Cesar whom she suspected was having an affair with a 16-year-old Brazilian model, Mariana del Rio.
However, he turned the tables against her by calling her to her face that she was nothing more than a "p*** star."
Shine said that several times she had to pack up and leave home, and she'd end up going to her parents, bringing her kids with her.
Cesar would then go after her and pick her up. He'll talk to her parents.
For Shine, she was willing to sustain it until she can.
"Sa totoo lang naman e aminado 'ko na maraming beses ako nag-alsa balutan."
"Maraming beses tatakbo ako sa nanay ko, sa parents ko, kasama lahat ng gamit ko. May balikbayan boxes na nga akong available, e."
"Susunduin niya ako sa bahay, kakausapin niya yung parents ko."
"Yun nga, kasi, talagang, hanggang kaya, hanggang kakayanin, kakayanin ko talaga."
Almost didn't marry Cesar
Shine also confessed that there was a time that she called off the wedding.
She called Cesar's manager and told him that it was off.
There was something Cesar said to her, which until now, she didn't want to make public.
"I was calling off the wedding. I called Tita Norma Japitana [Cesar's former manager], and I said, 'The wedding is off! Ayoko na, ayoko na!'
"Kasi meron siyang nasabi sa akin--hindi maganda."
"Basta ang baboy, ang baboy. Hindi maganda, hindi talaga kaaya-aya."
"I called off the wedding," she said. "Yun yung time na pina-pack up niya yung taping niya, may shooting siya dapat.
"He flew to Cebu, and lumuhod at nagmakaawa sa akin.
"Nagulat ako. Pero, imagine, na-pack up niya yung shooting niya? I think he paid more or less P100K dun sa damage na ginawa niya--and he flew and apologized to me."
The final straw
What made Shine hit the ceiling was when it was already her daughter who saw the images of Cesar and Krista Miller. She was the actress who became Cesar's leading lady in one movie.
Krista is also the same actress who was busted for illegal substances.
"Ano talaga--nung anak ko na. Anak ko na yung nagsabi sa akin na kausapin mo si Dad, kasi meron kaming nakita na picture niya with a girl."
The Krista Miller controversy was the turning point of Sunshine. When she left thereafter, she never returned.
Now, Shine is a free woman. Ready to take on new challenges and to savor her newfound freedom.
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