‘Marriage is hard as it brings out the best and the worst in you. You have to compromise.’
West End and Broadway star Rachelle Ann Go is living the life in London.
After years of residing there for work as she played big roles in such productions as “Hamilton,” “Les Miserables” and, of course, “Miss Saigon,” the Pinay singer and her husband, Martin Spies, have finally achieved the dream of having their own house.
In an interview, she shared it’s a cozy four-bedroom sanctuary they have in Greenwich, and that it took them almost a year before finding “the one.”
“I did research talaga before we bought it,” she said. “It’s hard to buy a house there because sobrang daming paperwork.”
It was only in December when they moved into the house. Rachelle Ann is excited to decorate it after a farm house theme.
“To be honest, for six years, wala akong sariling gamit kasi the company provides for everything. Now that we have our own, pinagaaralan na namin like what to buy, how to budget… things like that,” said she, who divulged the first thing they bought was not a bed, but a couch.
On top of their priorities is maintaining the garden area where Martin, a South African, loves to do barbecue on Sundays.
Despite the changes in her life, Rachelle’s love for Filipino culture is intact.
The 33-year-old introduced the concept of potluck, a communal lunch gathering wherein each guest or group contributes homemade dish, to her co-actors of varying ethnicities.
Their favorite Pinoy dish? Adobo.
Rachelle and Martin exchanged “I Do’s” in April 2018.
While admitting their marriage isn’t perfect, Rachelle said their commitment to each other is as strong as steel.
“I’m very grateful na I waited for this time to live with someone. Kahit na nag-aaway kami, kahit na matutulog ka na, ‘Ayoko kausapin kasi galit ako,’ kasal na kami. It’s just your pride, so you have to change that,” she said.
Rachelle described Martin as her answered prayer.
After experiencing several heartbreaks, she admitted she once thought of not falling in love anymore.
In 2016, aboard a plane, she wrote a note to God, praying for her future husband for the first time.
“Sabi ko ‘God prepare me to be a good wife, a good mom. When you think I’m ready, pakita niyo na siya sa’kin,” she said.
True enough, she and Martin got to know each other in New York, when Rachelle Ann worked there for a Broadway show of “Miss Saigon.”
As such, Rachelle advises single ladies to just be patient and wait for the right man to come.
“Don’t ever waste your time with the wrong person,” she said.
Living together with a man outside marriage is no-no for her.
“I always say na it’s good to marry someone first before you live with him. Kasi nangyayari, nagiging fast forward ’yung mga bagay-bagay when you live with someone outside of marriage. ‘Ay, ayoko na. Na-discover ko na ayoko pala siya matulog or ayoko ’yung cleanliness niya sa bahay. Break na kami.’ ’Di ba? And then, talo ang babae,” she said. “Marriage is hard as it brings out the best and the worst in you. You have to compromise. You have to adjust. So you have to make sure he’s really the right person for you.”
Rachelle will hold a Valentine concert this year. Titled “Rachelle Ann Go: The Homecoming,” it’s on Feb. 14 at the Marriot Grand Ballroom Resorts World Manila. Her guest performers are Zephanie, Lea Salonga, and Erik Santos with musical accompaniment by the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra.