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One Year After 'Idol': Chris Medina Talks Marriage

One year after his appearance on 'American Idol', Chris Medina tackles one of fans' toughest questions—when will he marry Juliana Ramos?

It's not something he takes lightly.

When fans ask Chris Medina when he will marry , he answers as honestly as possible: he just doesn't know.

It's not quite as simple as following through with a commitment from before her October 2009 accident, Medina said. There are legalities involved—and his own concerns of his capabilities as her potential spouse.

People worldwide embraced Medina for his story of devotion and unconditional love for Ramos after his appearance on Season 10 of American Idol. The story of their postponed wedding and Medina's loyalty left people hoping the young couple will overcome their obstacles.

Patch recently sat down with Medina, who took the topic head-on. Don't miss our exclusive video interview.

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Luke January 29, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Chris Medina is a good guy, but his career has moved him on, he has accepted that Juliana will not be who she was now and is clearly beginning to recognise the enormity of the task he would face in looking after her full time.. I don't think he will ever abandon Juliana as a friend, but as her potential future husband I believe that he is being honest in this interview and that frankly he is mentally beginning to check out from that role.
Joline Gutierrez Krueger January 29, 2012 at 02:04 AM
I don't know if my comment disappeared or what. In any case, what I said was that I admire Chris' honesty. This is just such a tough situation. I do wish both of them well no matter what happens.
Lauren Traut (Editor) January 29, 2012 at 06:42 AM
Hi, Joline! Not sure what happened to your comment, but I assure you it wasn't deleted! I never saw it. Glad you got to speak your mind, though! Laure Traut Editor, Oak Forest Patch
Anne January 29, 2012 at 06:56 AM
I have followed this story very closely, perhaps because I am in a way, someone's Juliana. I have a Chris in my life, but our tragedy unfolded after we were married. I think it is very unfair to always put Chris under the scrutiny of the marriage question. Yes it was his very dedication to Juli that drew people to him. However, during AI Chris may still have thought a remarkable recovery was possible. I just want to share my opinion, be it right or wrong. People are pushing this marriage question on Chris. It is not a fair question. I respect him greatly for not lashing out at the media's constant questioning. He is in a no-win situation. If he marries her partly due to media pressure, he is not being earnest.. If he states he just does not have the strength to marry her, he suffers backlash. Chris knows Juli's needs more than almost anyone. Chris loves her more than almost anyone. He is suffering greatly watching the love of his life struggle every day. He is still obviously reeling from all that has happened to BOTH of them. They were in the middle of writing a love story. Someone crashed the story and overtook the writing of it. That is why Chris does not know how the story unfolds, he is no longer the author of their love story. (word limit reached, continued below...)
Anne January 29, 2012 at 07:17 AM
Chris you need to search deep into your heart. Pray and be still and you WILL know the truth you seek.Marriage is HARD under normal cicumstances, many healthy people in marriages cannot make them work. From experience I can tell you that a catastrophic illness makes marriage so challenging. The BURDEN on the healthy spouse, combined with the GUILT of the ILL spouse, is so brutally hard. If a child is added to the mix, well that really complicates things. You will as parents be knowingly exposing your child to a stressful existence and add such guilt to your lives. My heart breaks for my son everyday when I see how he hurts for his mom. I believe that the answer to the marriage question is for 2 people ONLY. Those two people are Juli & Chris. IF they are ready to share their decision, then they will. The enormity of what Chris must decide is more than any of us could possibly know. It must weigh on him so heavily, he can sense the public pressure to marry her. This is a lifelong commitment which will outlast fame. Long after we 'the fans' are a distant memory, this commitment will still need to continue. This is not a movie, this is their lives, Chris is hurting and the pain is real. I just want to publicly tell Chris that if he does marry Juli, I know it will be for the right reasons. I also know that if he does not marry her, it will be for the right reasons. My opinion of him will not change either way. I hold him in high regard either way. I think we all should. Godspeed.
Lisa Arlando January 30, 2012 at 06:56 AM
Whether they marry or not, it's a decision both parties have to comfortable with. I respect Chris for his honesty. As the previous post said, marriage is already a big leap for people under normal circumstances, let alone in this situation. Of cus, we pray for the 2 of them to unite in matronimony and this wish will also motivate Juliana to move towards greater recovery. No one knows God's plan so only time will tell. At the same time, there is also no doubt Chris will always be there for her. God be with them both and guide them always... .
Jennifer D. January 31, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Chris - You couldn't have explained yourself better. That's a tough position for anyone to be in and I appreciate your honesty and integrity. I wouldn't judge you either way. You both suffered a great loss the night of her accident. You lost the person she was, and she lost the person you were. No one can be the same after that. Best wishes to both of you.

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