Hayden Kho

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Hayden Kho Jr.
Hayden dela Santa Kho Jr.

(1980-05-20) May 20, 1980 (age 42)
Other namesDoc Hayden,
EducationUniversity of Santo Tomas
(BS & MD)
  • Cosmetic surgeon
  • Actor
  • Model
  • Entrepreneur
  • Public Speaker
Height1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
(m. 2017)
ChildrenScarlet Snow Belo Alexandria Mesias Kho

Hayden Kho Jr. is a Filipino media personality, model, actor, and cosmetic surgeon.

Life and education[edit]

Hayden Kho Jr. was born on May 20, 1980, the third of 4 children. His father, Hayden Kho Sr., is a Chinese doctor, while his mother, Irene dela Santa, is a Spanish-Filipina businesswoman.

He attended Grace Christian High School (now Grace Christian College) in Quezon City.[1] Kho went on to study at the University of Santo Tomas, where he earned his bachelor's degree in medical technology in 2001, and then his medical degree in 2005.[2] He completed his internship at the Makati Medical Center where he also served as president of the interns association.[3] He earned his medical license in 2007.[4]

Kho also completed his training in anti-aging medicine through the European Anti-Aging Medicine Society (Paris). In Manila, Kho practiced specific cosmetic dermatology and surgery procedures under the organization of the Belo Medical Group, owned by Dr. Vicki Belo.[5][6]

Modeling and showbusiness career[edit]

At the age of 16, Kho started his career in ramp modeling while pursuing his bachelor's degree. This stint brought him to places like New York City, Singapore, South Korea and Japan.

In 2007, Kho started appearing on Philippine national television as an actor. He was a contender in Celebrity Duets, and appeared in various supporting roles on TV, as a GMA talent.

Infamy and scandal[edit]

Kho's promising career was interrupted when it was reported that Kho had tried to commit suicide in December 2008. In 2009, while already well known in the modeling and showbiz industry, he achieved household infamy in his involvement in a sex scandal.

Kho was brought to a senate hearing and was tried publicly on national television.[7] Attention towards the controversy lasted for years and resulted to criminal and civil cases filed against Kho by one of the involved parties, Filipina actress Katrina Halili, his partner in Celebrity Duets.[8] CNN tagged this incident as the most controversial sex scandal in Asia.[9]

The Philippine Board of Medicine revoked Kho's license to practice medicine and cited unethical behavior as the basis for his expulsion from the medical society.[10] In December of the same year, Kho reportedly attempted to commit suicide for the second time.[11]

Rebuilding career[edit]

Losing his medical license was devastating for Kho, and he lost the support of many. In 2011, in an effort to rebuild his career, Kho launched his own eponymous brand of fragrances called, "HAYDEN".[12][13] He was also tapped as the endorser of the Filipino fashion brand Maldita Man [14] and by the cosmetic giant Ever Bilena, Inc.[15]

He also hosted the defunct Filipino showbiz-oriented talk show Paparazzi,[16] which was aired on TV5. Kho was also director of the skin care distribution brand ZO Skin Health in the Philippines.[17][18]

Rebuilding his life[edit]

In 2013, Kho met Christian philosopher and apologist Ravi Zacharias in an event hosted by some leaders of the Christ's Commission Fellowship (CCF) in Manila.[19] Kho became an active member of the group, and later became a devout Christian in June of that year.[20] He was mentored by the late Zacharias, and also by the CCF movement founder, Pastor Peter Tan-Chi.[21]

In 2014, Kho went to the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics to study Christian apologetics, where he met and was tutored by Christian sociologist and author Os Guinness; scientist, mathematician, and philosopher John Lennox; theologian and author Alister McGrath; and anti-Islam polemicist Jay Smith, among others.[22]

While Kho was studying in Oxford, the Professional Regulation Commission reinstated his medical license.[23][24] The same year, all cases against Kho were dismissed.[25] Kho and Halili reconciled thereafter.[26][27]

In respect to his conversion to Christianity, Kho confirmed that he had been practicing faith-based abstinence.[23] It has been reported that Belo and Kho conceived their first child, Scarlet Snow Belo, via in-vitro fertilization (IVF) who was born on March 3, 2015 - when Belo was 59 years old - through surrogacy with a Mexican-American woman.[28]

Kho attributes his new lease on life to his Christian faith. While devoting much of his energy to his family and business ventures, he accepted certain acting roles in movies such as The Bride and His Lover in 2013,[29] and EDSA, the Movie in 2016.[30]

Kho resumed his medical practice in 2016 at the now-defunct Sexy Solutions clinics. He owns and runs a real estate website called ZoneListing, Inc.[31] He is also invested in various software companies that create apps such as Pocket Market and Paylance.[32]

Current activities[edit]

In September 2017, Kho finally married his best friend and long-time partner, Dr. Vicki Belo, in a lavish ceremony in Paris.[33] In 2018, he continued his studies in Christian apologetics.[34] He also leads the product and services development department of the Belo Medical Group.

Currently, Kho sits on the board of a non-profit organization called RightStart Foundation[35] and supports various causes and community support projects.[36] Recently, Kho shared details of his mental health struggles, and his journey through suicide and depression.[37][38]


Year Title Character/Role Notes Channel
2015 Healing Galing! Himself Host TV5
2011 Paparazzi Himself Host TV5
2009 Darna Danny Cameo GMA Network
2008 Ako si Kim Sam Soon Dr. Henry Lead Role GMA Network
2007 Marimar Dr. Hayden Miranda Supporting Role GMA Network
2007 Celebrity Duets: Philippine Edition Contender Performer GMA Network


Year Title Release Date Production Company
2016 EDSA June 30, 2016
2015 Homeless, Not Helpless August 15, 2015
2013 The Bride and the Lover May 1, 2013 Regal Films


  1. ^ a b Lo, Ricky (October 12, 2007). "Body Talk with Dr. Hayden Kho Jr". The Philippine Star. Archived from the original on 18 August 2019. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  2. ^ Salut, EJ (July 23, 2015). "Heal the World: Stars who are also in the medical field". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Archived from the original on 17 December 2019. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  3. ^ San Juan, Thelma Sioson (August 27, 2017). "Vicki and Hayden on God, their wedding, romance–and prenup Hayden asked for". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on July 6, 2019. Retrieved December 17, 2019.
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  7. ^ "Hayden Kho, Katrina Halili attend Senate hearing". GMA News. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  8. ^ Bell, Thomas (28 May 2009). "Philippines gripped by actress's affair with Doctor Hunk". The Telegraph.
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  11. ^ "Video: Hayden Kho reportedly tries to commit suicide anew in a pineapple field crying "I love you Vicks"". spot.ph. December 6, 2009. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
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  14. ^ "MALDITA MAN Ad Campaign 2012". 13 September 2012. Archived from the original on 2021-12-20. Retrieved 17 November 2016 – via YouTube.
  15. ^ "Ever Bilena marks 29 beautiful years". philstar.com. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  16. ^ "Hayden Kho Jr. seriously considering offer to co-host Paparazzi". Philippine Entertainment Portal.
  17. ^ "Healthy & beautiful skin is in - Newsmakers, Other STAR Sections, The Philippine Star - philstar.com". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  18. ^ "Bridging the gap between skincare and therapy". Inquirer Lifestyle. 2012-12-20. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  19. ^ "The new Hayden Kho Jr: I'm not yet where I want to be, but I'm no longer who I used to be". Inquirer Lifestyle. 2014-05-21. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  20. ^ Flores, Wilson Lee. "After two suicide attempts, Hayden Kho finds meaning in newfound spirituality". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  21. ^ Vergara, Alex Y. "The new Hayden Kho Jr: I'm not yet where I want to be, but I'm no longer who I used to be". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  22. ^ Arcache, Maurice. "Vicki Belo focuses on spiritual growth; Hayden Kho goes to Oxford for divinity studies". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  23. ^ a b "Hayden Kho is a doctor again". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  24. ^ "Hayden Kho reinstated as medical doctor". Rappler. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  25. ^ "Appeals court clears Hayden Kho in 'sex video' case". GMA News. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  26. ^ "LOOK: Hayden Kho, Katrina Halili reconcile". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  27. ^ "Hayden reacts to PRC decision on his license, Katrina moves on". Rappler. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  28. ^ The story behind Dr. Vicki Belo and Hayden Kho's biological child Startattle.com May 22, 2016. Cite web|url=http://www.startattle.com/2016/05/the-story-behind-dr-vicki-belo-and.html?m=1
  29. ^ "Hayden Kho in The Bride and The Lover". Manila Standard. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  30. ^ Magisa, Luis (2016-07-08). "Hindi Perpekto ang 'EDSA' Pero May Arrive". nood.ph. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  31. ^ "Privacy Policy". Zonelisting.com.ph. Archived from the original on 2015-06-07. Retrieved 2019-11-16.
  32. ^ "Loud Panda Interactive". loud-panda.com. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  33. ^ "Vicki Belo and Hayden Kho are in Paris to say 'I do'". Rappler. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  34. ^ Solis, Lolit. "Hayden itinuloy ang pag-aaral ng apologetics". philstar.com. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  35. ^ "Right Start". rightstart.ph.
  36. ^ "Metro Society Dads And Their Advocacies: Hayden Kho". Metro.Style. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  37. ^ Sun, Cherry. "Hayden Kho opens up about his journey through depression and suicide". www.gmanetwork.com. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  38. ^ "Hayden Kho opens up about overcoming depression". Manila Bulletin. 2020-07-06. Retrieved 2020-10-18.

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