This old photo shows comedian Vic Sotto carrying his daughter, not his wife Pauleen Luna
An old photo has been shared tens of thousands of times in multiple Facebook posts that claim it shows Filipino comedian Vic Sotto carrying a child who would grow up to be his wife, fellow celebrity Pauleen Luna. The photo was shared side-by-side with a current image of Sotto, Luna and their young daughter, Sotto’s most recent child. The claim is false: the child seen in the old photo is another one of Sotto's daughters, not Luna.
The black-and-white photo was published on Facebook here August 23, 2020. The post has been shared more than 23,000 times since.
The post’s caption states in part: "Almost my child before, now I have a child with her".
But the claim is false.
The Instagram post is captioned: “Happy Father's Day to the first man my heart belonged to. Thank you for your continuous generosity and support, I love you!”
Paulina confirmed that she is the child seen in the photo, not Sotto’s wife Luna.
“The baby in the photo is me, NOT Pauleen Luna,” she told AFP in an email on August 26, 2020. “It’s been very frustrating to have my innocent baby photo being shared in the way it has.”
Below is a screenshot comparison showing the black-and-white photo in the misleading posts (L) and Paulina’s Instagram post (R):
In a statement to Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP), an entertainment news outlet, Luna also clarified that the black-and-white photo shows Paulina, not her.
“It's not me … That's Paulina,” Luna told PEP according to the August 10, 2020 report.
The recent colour photo in the collage was published by Luna on Instagram here on January 10, 2020. It was also featured in this entertainment report about her recent vacation with Sotto and their child.
Below is a screenshot comparison of the colour photo in the collage (L) and Luna’s Instagram post (R):