Ogie Alcasid and Michelle Van Eimeren Wedding
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Singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid fulfilled every guy’s fantasy when he tied the knot in 1998 with Australian beauty queen and Ms. Universe candidate, Michelle Van Eimeren.
For a time, Ogie’s and Michelle’s love story lived up to that idea of love conquering racial boundaries and even height differences. On the surface, the couple seemed tailor-made for each other. They embodied the classic family ideal, with Ogie as the loving provider and Michelle, the diligent wife taking care of her man.
That’s why many were surprised when Michelle, along with their two children decided to migrate to Australia to settle there indefinitely. It is important to take note that prior to the move, there were already some reports popping up that the Alcasids were having some marital issues but nothing definite ever came out. Michelle and the kids’ departure in 2003 raised the issue considerably and made the separation angle more susceptible to attacks and suspicions.
Ogie was able to avoid the issue for years until he confirmed to YES! magazine last June that his marriage had already broken down.
“I’m separated. Michelle and I are separated, and we have been… for a long time,” Ogie bravely confessed.
He also confided in the same interview that he had found a new love in Regine Velasquez. Incidentally, the rumor linking Ogie to Regine had been going on for years and some observers even pointed to the affair as the main reason Ogie and Michelle decided to part ways.
Ogie shrugged off the accusation against Regine and argued that the Songbird never ruined his marriage. At present, although the storm has weathered down a little, both Ogie and Regine continue to be the target of critics who view the relationship as unacceptable. He doesn’t mind them though.
“At the end of the day, when you’re happy, if you’re okay, then you’re okay. It doesn’t matter what people say you have to do, what you have to do with your life. You’ve got to be true to yourself,” Ogie says pensively.
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