Derek Ramsay admits he is married, has a son-A A +A
Thursday, August 21, 2014
ACTOR Derek Ramsay finally admitted that he has a wife and an 11-year-old son.
In a statement released on PEP.ph, Ramsay confirmed that he did exchanged marital vows with Mary Christine Jolly in 2002 but claimed that the marriage was not valid.
"Attorney Joji Alonso [his lawyer] has subsequently explained to me that the information given me about the status of my marriage, is erroneous and that a marriage unless annulled, remains to be valid."
He said that he has a son named Austin Gabriel Ramsay.
"It was only sometime in the early part of August 2011, that I was able to confirm that Austin is indeed my son. Since then, I wanted to know my son first and keep my relationship with him, private."
The actor said he wants to protect his child from media scrutiny and would rather have a private relationship him.
"Austin was just an eight-year-old boy then and he would not be able to comprehend the possible media curiosity about him, especially since he was then new to the country and about to pursue his education here."
"Given the circumstances between Mary and I, which is far from ideal, I had to protect Austin first. Since Austin was then so young, I felt it was prudent to protect him and maintain a private relationship with him, for the meantime.
To recall, Ramsay's real marital status was revealed in public in mid 2011, when he was still with former girlfriend Angelica Panganiban.
Early this month, Jolly surfaced and filed a complaint against the actor. She charged Ramsay of violating Republic Act 9262 or the Anti-Violence against Women and Their Children Act of 2004.
Jolly said that Ramsay failed to fulfill his role and responsibilities as a father and has not been providing support for their child.
Ramsay's camp had submitted their counter affidavit at the Makati Prosecutor's Office. (Sunnex)