On Father's Day, June 21, Sofia Andres made the big announcement that she and her longtime BF, race car driver Daniel Miranda, were proud parents of their baby daughter, Zoe. The 21-year-old Kapamilya star noticeably took a leave from showbiz in 2019 and spent most of her time in Australia, where Daniel was studying. But unknown to the public, Sofia actually flew to Sydney when she was five months pregnant and gave birth to Zoe on November 24, 2019.
In an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN, Sofia spoke about her pregnancy milestones and how her relationship with Daniel, whom she's been with for four years, has changed. So when exactly did Sofia find out she was pregnant? It was actually on V-Day 2019 while she was at a shoot! "Nasa shoot kasi ako noon, parang feeling ko may kakaiba akong nararamdaman," she said. "So sabi ko sa road manager, 'Ate, parang buntis ata ako.' Sabi ko, 'Bili ka ng pregnancy test, kasi kinakabahan ako.' After noon, nag-positive agad. Nagulat din ako sa reaction ko kasi hindi ako naiyak. Honestly, sobrang saya ko nga eh, hindi ako natakot, wala yung ganoong feeling."
Sofia continued, "I think it was really meant na binigay siya sa akin ni Lord. Ang galing no? Kasi parang hinanda Niya talaga ako sa moment na 'yon, na-realize ko na ready ako."
Living with Daniel in Australia for the rest of her pregnancy was a big change for Sofia, who's always relied on her mom for support. But her move taught her how to be independent, like making wise decisions in spending her money! "Wala akong mommy. Sanay ako na may nanay ako sa tabi ko. Hindi ako sanay humawak ng pera. Magastos kasi ako, andiyan si Daniel to teach me how to do those things, how to be independent. Ang saya na medyo kinabahan talaga ako. First time ko kasi mag-abroad na mag-isa, tapos pregnant pa, 'di ko alam kung anong mararamdaman ko. Ang saya kasi pagdating ko doon may mga tao na nagmamahal sa akin," she said.
While giving birth to Zoe was painful—"halos mag-walling na ko sa every corner dahil ang sakit," she said—she was just grateful to have her mom and Daniel's mom by her side. And what about Daniel as a daddy? Well, Sofia only had praises to share: "Siya pa yung mas nag-aalaga kaysa sa akin, ultimo sa paghuhugas ng bote, pagpapalit ng diaper, paghuhugas ng pinggan, paglalaba ng damit ko, lahat siya 'yon. Doon ko nakita na iba itong tao na ito."
Sofia, Daniel, and Zoe flew back to the Philippines earlier this year, and, in February, held a private baptism for their baby girl. Sofia recently shared a video of the celebration on Instagram with celeb friends Kathryn Bernardo and Bianca King in attendance.