Sarah Lahbati Dispels Rumored Romance With Unnamed Man In Hong Kong

Sarah, “I visited Hong Kong and met up with different friends”

Sarah Lahbati has clarified her alleged involvement with a certain man in Hong Kong, saying that there’s no romantic affair going on between her and her “friend.” 

The 30-year-old actress made headlines on Sunday, March 31, 2024, after entertainment columnist Ogie Diaz publicized a photo of her eating at a restaurant with a mystery man. 

Netizens were then quick to speculate that Sarah might have found another boyfriend—just only a month after she announced her split from husband Richard Gutierrez. 

Sarah Lahbati
Sarah Lahbati
from Ogie Diaz on YouTube

Amid the tittle-tattle, Sarah then finally broke her silence during the media conference of her upcoming TV5 drama “Lumuhod Ka Sa Lupa” on Tuesday, April 2, 2024.

When asked by some members of the press, Sarah shares that she was actually in Hong Kong for the art scene—and the man she shared a table with is just a friend. 

“It’s always been a dream of mine to travel around, and I was happy that I was able to go. And that photo circulating around is one of my friends, as simple as that. 

“I visited Hong Kong and met up with different friends.” 

The photos were taken by Ogie Diaz’s avid supporter, who he says have been in the same place when Sarah and the mystery man have dined. It was only then forwarded to him, as revealed in his YouTube vlog.

READ ALSO: Sarah Lahbati, Richard Gutierrez’s New Photos Spark Breakup Speculation From Netizens

Is Sarah Lahbati bothered by the issue? 

As unfazed as she is by the issue, Sarah says that there’s no harm should she decide to enter another relationship since she is technically “single.” 

As Sarah puts it, “Is it unfair? Is it bothering me now? No. It takes a lot more for something to bother me now. 

“But I think as a woman, we’re allowed to have guy friends. But again, it’s okay to speculate because, again, I’m single that and it is part of this whole new thing.” 

Sarah Lahbati
Sarah Lahbati
IMAGE: sarahlahbati on Instagram

Sarah confirmed her single status on March 1, 2024 via an interview with ABS-CBN News. In an outright declaration of her split from Richard, she says, “Yeah, I mean, there’s nothing to hide and I think it’s pretty clear to the public that both of us are [single].”

READ ALSO: Sarah Lahbati Confirms Separation With Richard Gutierrez

Currently, Sarah and Richard are not on speaking terms but they have decided to put their kids, Zion and Kai, under a co-parenting setup.

Sarah and Richard’s separation first reached the public radar when eagle eyed netizens noticed in October 2023 that they no longer post photos of each other on social media. 

It was followed by subtle hints from Sarah, including the time she removed her legal surname Gutierrez out of her Instagram bio. It was replaced by her initials SLG, which she also deleted later on. 

Richard’s mother, Annabelle Rama, has also been indicative of the couple’s trouble in paradise—seemingly taking a swipe at Sarah for spending too much while her son “works hard.”

READ ALSO: Sarah Lahbati Unfollows Husband Richard Gutierrez On Instagram, Deletes “SLG” Bio

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