Richard Gutierrez Reportedly Plans A Yearlong Hiatus To Study In SwitzerlandAfter the finale of his latest GMA-7 primetime series ‘Love and Lies,’ there is still no news about Richard Gutierrez’s next project in his home studio. Thus, numerous speculations are inevitably surfacing. For several months now, there have been wild rumors that Gutierrez is soon to transfer to another network once his contract with the Kapuso Network expires this month.
His mother and manager Anabelle Rama could not tell what happens next to his popular son’s career. When asked last week by showbiz reporters about Gutierrez’s next move, Rama simply said she could not tell by then because negotiations are still yet to be initiated. Rama faced the media last week to talk about her reconciliation with Nadia Montenegro and former talent JC de Vera’s decision to sever his talent management ties with her.
Now, there are reports that Gutierrez is planning to take a break from showbiz for about a year. According to well-placed sources, he intends to stay in Switzerland to study film directing in one of the institutions there. Observers think that if there is truth to this speculation, it would be very risky because his absence may affect his current status as one of the leading actors in his home studio.
Gone to Switzerland
Gutierrez immediately flew to Switzerland after his TV series ended in the first week of July. That time, he emphasized that he just wanted to wind up and relax after wrapping up his recent project. At the same time, he admitted that his main goal is to visit his girlfriend Sarah Lahbati, who is now staying in the European country. Lahbati is half Swiss and half Filipina.
This new development paved the way for wild rumors that Gutierrez plans to stay longer in Switzerland because the couple is expecting a baby soon. According to reports, Lahbati is about to give birth sometime in July. This is allegedly the reason why Gutierrez decided to stay longer with his girlfriend as he intends to be with her when she finally gives birth to their firstborn.
Last week, his sister Ruffa issued a statement about all these talks about Gutierrez. According to her, Gutierrez is not yet a father. Some showbiz kibitzers gave a different interpretation to that statement. According to them, Ruffa meant that her brother is technically not yet a father because his child would be born in July.
Lahbati decided to flee from the country and stay in Switzerland for good last January. Her exit was controversial because she demanded a rescission of her contract with GMA-7. Back then, she revealed that she got fed up because Anette Gozon Abrogar, daughter of GMA Network president Felipe Gozon, was trying to extort money from her in the form of higher commissions from her talent fee. Abrogar sued her because of that claim.
Gutierrez has visited Lahbati in Switzerland for several times since she left. It is not clear if he would be home in the coming weeks to help promote his movie ‘My Lady Boss,’ which he co-stars with GMA-7 primetime queen Marian Rivera. The film would be shown in theaters staring July 3.