EJ Laure has finally revealed her family to the world, proudly showing off a video of her longtime boyfriend and their baby Scarlet.
Her big reveal finally put closure to the rumors that had been dogging the UST volleyball star for the past three years.
Here’s a timeline of Laure's relationship with former child star and It’s Showtime cast member Bugoy Cariño.
December 2017: An unnamed source told Spin.ph’s Mei-Lin Lozada that Laure will “most likely” miss the upcoming UAAP Season 80 volleyball tournament due to a shoulder injury.
“Depende pa kasi sa sasabihin ng doctor ko kung kelan pwede, kelan niya ako papayagan (maglaro ulit),” she said.
She also “broke her silence” about the pregnancy rumors that had “started late last year,” as Lozada wrote.
“Ewan ko kasi parang hindi naman totoo 'yung sinasabi nila and nasa kanila na lang yun, kung ano gusto nilang sabihin,” she said. “Kasi siyempre tao din naman sila, may sarili silang opinyon.”
March 2018: On March 11, EJ Laure publicly quashed rumors that she was pregnant, posting a public Facebook post where she said, “Ewan ko ba kasi talaga sa trip nyo [laughing emoji] basta ako i've been enjoying my life and resting my shoulder for S81 been living nice and simple then makakabasa ako ng kung ano ano [smiley emoji]”
She continued: "just to end everything' wala akong control sa isip nyo kasi may kanya kanya tayo' god bless na lang [heart emoji]”
In a report from Pep.ph, “persistent speculations concerning her and Hashtag member Bugoy Cariño have been making the rounds on social media.” At the time, Laure was 19, while Cariño was 15.
Laure also added, "Ps: december buntis daw ako tapos january buntis din ako tas march buntis na naman? jusko 3months nakong naging buntis so triplets pala to?"
Two days later, Jameson Blake, who was also in the group Hashtags, told the media that Cariño was on “indefinite suspension” but would not confirm rumors that Cariño had been suspended because he had gotten someone pregnant.
By this time, Cariño had not been appearing on ABS-CBN noontime show It’s Showtime for several months, according to Pep.ph.
July 2018: EJ’s younger sister Eya officially becomes a UST Tigress in the UAAP senior division. On July 22, the former UAAP Girls Volleyball MVP made her much-awaited debut as a college player in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference.
She would eventually be named Rookie of the Year in UAAP Season 81.
May 2019: A flurry of announcements heralded EJ Laure’s return to volleyball after a two-year absence.
Foton made the announcement that Laure would return in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference that same month.
August 2019: EJ Laure makes her first official UST comeback as the school overpowered the Lyceum of the Philippines, 25-18, 25-13, 25-21, in its August 19 opening match for the PVL Collegiate Conference. Laure would score 2 points.
September 2019: Eya and EJ finally play together for the first time as Tigresses on court, as their team tore apart the Technological Institute of the Philippines in three straight sets in a PVL Collegiate Conference matchup. They had last played together in a V-League event in 2016.
“Iba pa rin yung teammate sa teammate at saka yung magkapatid kami sa loob ng court,” she said.
November 2019: In a press conference for an upcoming concert, Bugoy Cariño continued to deny rumors that he had been removed from It’s Showtime because he had gotten someone pregnant.
When asked about pictures on social media about him with a baby, he only responded: “Nakikita ko kasi sa mga pictures na ginagawa nila, sa YouTube, may mga video, natatawa lang po ako kasi hindi po talaga. Hindi ko po baby yun. Bakit ko naman po idi-deny? Kung meron man po, e, di sana inilabas ko na sa social media.”
March 2020: In her official UAAP return, EJ Laure made a definitive statement on court, with 17 points, 20 digs, and 12 excellent receptions in a March 4 match against National University.
UST, however, would lose the match in five sets.
Still, Laure was happy to return to the league. “Paano ko ba masasabi? Pinaghandaan ko kasi talaga ‘to, so nag-double time ako tapos ‘yun lumabas lang kung [ano'ng pinaghandaan ko],” she said. She also expressed excitement at playing alongside her sister Eya.
The two would then go on to conquer FEU four days later, as the Tigresses defeated the Lady Tamaraws, 25-20, 25-16, 25-18.
That same month, however, the global pandemic would shut sports leagues around the world, and UAAP volleyball was indefinitely suspended.
April 2020: The cancellation of UAAP season 82 became official with an announcement in early April. EJ Laure took to Twitter to air her dismay, saying, “Haaayss... sakit sa heart”, followed by a broken heart emoji.
September 2020: In a surprise post today, as the young actor celebrates his 18th birthday, EJ reveals her family: baby Scarlet and boyfriend Bugoy Cariño.