Last October 15, during the press conference for her upcoming concert SiKATi2! Katrina Velarde Live In Concert, Katrina Velarde spoke of her bell's palsy condition right after she had her first-born. This was after the press asked her if something ever affected her singing, and she began to open up about the condition.
"Ngayon po, actually po, visible pa rin po siya. Kapag sinabi ko po sa inyo, mas mapapansin niyo po siya ngayon," she said. "Kapag kumakanta po ako, visible pa rin [at] 'pag tumatawa po ako."
She, then, revealed that at eight months into the pregnancy, she had to stop singing because the condition began to arise. Prior to that, she was performing with Gary Valenciano while seven months pregnant.
"Mahirap po kasi hindi po ako makakain ng maayos, numb po 'yong half ng dila din po tas nakababa po talaga siya ('yong mukha)," she explained. "So, naka-recover po ako doon."
Katrina also revealed that she was offered a stint in the popular Filipino stage production Rak of Aegis but had to turn it down because of her bell's palsy.
"Kaya po minsan kapag kumakanta po ako, tabingi siya," she added.
The Suklay Diva had to wait three to four months for her bell's palsy to go, at least, 80% recovery, who said pregnant women are prone to having the condition.
However, her voice remained intact, saying it just rested because she did not get the chance to sing with the bell's palsy.
"Hindi naman po siya naiba, parang namahinga lang," she clarified. "Tapos nababalik naman po siya as time goes by po habang kumakanta ka ulit ng kumakanta."
After two months post-partum, Katrina came back to the singing scene with half of her face still down so her voice won't rest for that long. Now, she says her face has 90% recovered from the condition.
And now she's back and better than ever with her second solo concert in the works.
Catch the Suklay Diva on SiKATi2! Katrina Velarde Live In Concert at the New Frontier Theater in Quezon City, happening on November 29, 2019. See you all there!
Watch Katrina talk about her condition below!