Singer Jonalyn Viray got a nose job at 15 years old. Almost a decade later, she professes learning how to embrace whatever physical flaws she deems to have and won’t go under the knife ever again.
“Tama na. Happy na po ako,” Viray says. “Accept ko na talaga ‘yung binigay sa akin.”
Even standing at 5’5″ doesn’t affect her anymore, saying God has blessed her with good singing voice anyway.
“(At) may mga heels naman po ,‘di ba?” she says. “Pipili ka lang din ng mga styles na babagay sa build mo.”
The “Pinoy Pop Superstar” grand champion does not want to be pressured by unrealistic demands on celebrities when it comes to physical appearance. She insists that being “presentable” is good enough.
As confident as she is now with her looks, Viray prefers to stay loveless. Her last relationship was with commercial model Arran Phil Sese some five years ago.
“After that po, sabi ko, tama na muna kasi sa ngayon, sa magagandang nangyayari sa career ko, mas gusto kong i-prioritize muna ‘yung work.”
No perfect singer
Nine years into her singing career, Viray admits she still experiences lapses during performances. For instance, she made mistakes during her much-applauded performances of “Aria” and “Asintado” at the Cinemalaya X Awards Night in August.
She shares, “Sinasabi ng mga tao na ‘Oh, great job. You did well!’ Pero deep inside, alam ko meron din akong mga (mali), siyempre tayo ang nakakakilala sa boses natin.”
Nevertheless, Viray is raring to take on difficult songs in the restaging of her concert “Fearless” at the Music Museum on Nov. 14 with special guests Tom Rodriguez, Thor and Jaya.
Insisting that it is not an exact repeat of her first concert, she notes, “May mga songs na iba, siyempre iba rin po ang guests natin so may mga bagong numbers po.”
Recalling the first “Fearless” show held in February, she says, “Feeling ko para akong lumulutang that time kasi naitawid ko ‘yung almost two hours na performance. Naiyak nga po ako that time nu’ng closing ko na kasi sa loob-loob ko, ‘Ahhh… Natapos ko na ito, my gulay!”
Part of the proceeds of the upcoming show will go to the rehabilitation of areas devastated by super typhoon Yolanda.