Even though they are actually married, Jonel and Jairah Belen don’t actually live together.
An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who works as seafarer and spends about 9 to 10 months away from the Philippines, Jonel has a valid reason to be away from his family for a long time. However, even when he’s in the Philippines, he goes home to his parents in Manila while his wife and their kids live with her parents in Bicol.
The strange arrangement worked for some time, with Jonel and Jairah seeing each other from time to time like they were not married but simply lovers. The two now have two kids together, a 5-year-old kid and an 11-month-old baby, but the strange living arrangement eventually took a toll on their relationship.
The distance pushed them apart – and Jonel found love with another woman, a certain Raya Real. This made things worse for the couple. Jairah would later complain about this, seeking help from Raffy Tulfo to resolve the matter because her husband no longer wants to talk to her or see his family.
Jairah also complained that Jonel actually prioritizes the needs of his parents over her and their kids. She said that her husband recently bought his father a tricycle but did not send them money for the children’s needs.
On Raffy Tulfo in Action, Jonel admitted to the affair with Raya and living with his parents but said that the arrangement only happened because Jairah refuses to live with his parents. Because they don’t have a home of their own yet, he feels that it was but natural that they live with their respective parents if Jairah doesn’t want to move in with his parents.
He also said that he only bought his father a tricycle because this had long been his promise to his family and that he’s been sending a monthly remittance to his wife, amounting to Php20,000 which Jairah confirmed.
Meanwhile, Raya mocked Jairah as she admits to her relationship with Jonel. She told Jairah that Jonel lost his love for her because of her constant nagging. Making it appear that Jonel’s cheating was due to Jairah’s fault, Raffy interrupted and admonished Raya for tempting Jonel to a relationship even though she knows he is married. Nagger or not, Jairah (or any wife for that matter) doesn’t deserve to be cheated on!
Eventually, the couple decided to reconcile in the future but Jonel would not commit to a specific date, saying he still needs ‘time and space’ to think things over. Tsk. Tsk.
Watch their story here: