FILAM Donita Rose and Eric Villarama during their wedding. (Photo of PEP)
Filipino American actress, television personality and former MTV VJ Donita Rose has admitted that she and husband Eric Villarama are officially divorced, pending annulment.
In the Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP), Donita, whose real name is Donita Rose Cavett, reportedly spoke about her current status at the launch of her cooking show, “HeartMate Kitchen.”
In that show aired on July 25, Donita, now 42, revealed that she and Eric already finalized their divorce in December last year.
The actress who was born in Utah in the United States on December 5, 1974, revealed that they are now starting their annulment process.
When asked why she has just only started the annulment procedure, Donita had a quick reply. “I was married in the United States, but I was not yet a Filipino citizen when we were married. Then, when we split, I thought that divorce would be enough because of that,” she said.
“It was only after that I found out that you still have to get an annulment when you’re a Filipino citizen,” she added.
Donita also disclosed that she has now moved on from her failed marriage, and is back to enjoying her life.
“Yes, [my heart] is completely healed,” she added.
In another interview in an episode of Mo Twister’s online podcast, said she and Eric have been separated for two years. ABS-CBN reported on that interview.
Rose refused to detail the split, but, while holding back tears, said that it was a “devastating” and “painful” experience, she said as reported by the network.
“I will say that there have been a lot of times I said, ‘Why me?’ I felt like I’ve done everything that I could,” said Donita, a devout Christian.
“Why does this still has to happen to me? The hardest part is when you have kids, in this case, my son,” she told Mo Twister.
She added: “But one thing that I take comfort in knowing is that sometimes God has to work through adversity. We don’t really learn a lot through the good times. It’s really through the trials and difficulties you really start seeking answers, really turning to God.”
“When you feel that things are hopeless. It’s through adversity that we can become better people. I feel that after everything that has happened to me, believe it or not, I actually feel that I’ve become a better person out of it,” Donita said.
Donita admitted that she had tried to make her and Eric’s marriage work. But after her former husband posted a photo of him with another woman on his Instagram account, she said she knew it was over. (Jojie M. Gabot)