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Kris: I'm not using Katrina

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Kris Lawrence will launch his new album, Moments of Love (MCA Music) tonight at 8 at Eastwood Central Plaza, and will perform in I’d Do Anything for You on July 3, 7 p.m. at Music Museum.By Maridol Rañoa-Bismark
June 20, 2009 12:00 AM 

MANILA, Philippines – Talk about timing. Just when he was about to launch his new album Moments of Love (MCA Music) with Careless Whisper as carrier single, the controversial sex video between ex-girlfriend Katrina Halili and Dr. Hayden Kho Jr. opened a Pandora’s box of issues.

Is Kris using Katrina? Do they still talk? Has Kris seen the video? A series of questions hound him wherever he goes.

But first things first.

“I already finished recording Careless Whisper and the entire album last year when the sex video issue broke out. The music video has already been shot. I called MCA Music about it when the scandal broke out and it was too late to change anything,” Kris relates.

Just to show he’s not using Katrina to push album sales, Kris adds that he does not want to promote Careless Whisper at all. Sure, it’s his favorite cut in the album. He likes its catchy saxophone introduction and the way it makes him feel. But no thanks. Kris will just focus on the other cuts. And sure, Katrina herself assured Kris she won’t mind if he promotes Careless Whisper. But Kris knows people may put another color to it if he does.

Thus, shoppers will hear Kris’ soothing, suave voice render other cuts in his album besides Careless Whisper when he launches Moments of Love tonight at 8 at Eastwood City Central Plaza. He’ll render other tracks, like Suddenly, Right Here Waiting, Honesty, All My Life, Your Song, Now and Forever, Without You and We All Fall in Love Sometimes.

“I can’t use Katrina,” Kris protests. “She’s someone I love.”

Still, he refuses to say just what caused their break-up. It’s enough, he explains, that “I didn’t leave her” and their decision to part ways was mutual.

Otherwise, why does Kris say the last time he and Katrina talked was just the day before?

“We discuss anything under the sun,” Kris reveals. Concerned that the controversy is taking a toll on Katrina’s emotions, Kris advises her to relax, and “just be yourself.”

If only he can shield her from those who want to tear her to pieces!

Like Hayden? Kris is clearly upset at what Hayden did to Katrina.

“Talking about him is not worth my time,” he asserts.

And if that means living under Katrina’s shadow for the time being, so be it. Kris will not mind.

“She’s successful. She’s my idol. And she’s part of my life,” he reasons out.

As far as Kris is concerned, Katrina will always be part of his life.

“I told her I’ll do anything for her,” he says.

Is a reconciliation imminent?

“Sometimes silence is the best weapon. Less is more,” he answers mysteriously.

As expected, Kris has no regrets about his close encounter with Katrina. Never mind if the press continues to hound him with questions about her all the time.

“Sometimes I don’t wanna talk about it anymore. It sucks,” he admits.

But Kris knows it’s inevitable. It’s the price he has to pay for loving Katrina.

“It’s just one of those things. And I learn from the experience,” he shrugs.

Besides, he can channel all his angst in his songs about loving and longing. Kris is one of the featured artists in I’d Do Anything For You, launching concert of S.A.M. and Samantha Riviera’s 10-track CD Soul Sonata on July 3, 7 p.m. at Music Museum.

Other featured guests are Jenine Desiderio and Filipino-Japanese singer Kaji Wara.

“I met Samantha through a friend,” relates Kris. Thus, he’s eager to help the songwriter-author launch her album, which contains tracks she herself wrote. 

Accompanying Soul Sonata is the book S.A.M., subtitled Chronicles of a Woman Who Lives and Loves.

It’s easy to see why Kris and Samantha click. Both love music. Both know the joys and pain of loving and letting go. And yes, both have learned to move on.

They suffered. But they have turned the wounds — however deep — into weapons that make stronger, better. That’s victory with a capital V for you.

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