Heart Evangelista has finally spoken up about her parents’ statements against her relationship with Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero. The actress, who kept her silence last week, appeared on the March 24 episode of GMA-7’s H.O.T. TV to refute her parents’ claims about her boyfriend.

“Sa tingin ko, dahil magulang ko sila, gusto nilang mapunta ako sa mabuti at gusto nilang maging masaya ako,” she was quoted by PEP.ph as saying about her parents’ interfering in her love life. “Sa umpisa okay lang po iyon dahil siyempre hinahanap mo pa 'yung sarili mo, kung sino ka talaga sa mundong ito (I think, because they’re my parents, they want what’s best for me and they want to see me happy. At first, it was okay because of course, you’re still discovering what your role is in this world.). You grow and you learn but there comes a time when you have to choose what makes you happy.”

“Actually mahirap na nandito ako ngayon dahil mahal na mahal ko sila, mahal na mahal ko 'yung magulang ko at ginagawa ko ang lahat-lahat. Pero sana, hayaan na lang nila akong maging masaya, 'yung walang kokontra at walang pipigil kung anong nagpapatawa sa akin (It’s actually difficult for me to be here right now because I love them so much, I love my parents so much, and I’m doing everything I can. But I hope that they let me be happy, that no one will be against my happiness),” she continued tearfully.

Heart also shared that her parents did not have a problem with her relationship with Chiz before, and that she does not know why they suddenly felt the need to call for a press conference to voice their disapproval.

“'Nung umpisa walang problema, yung una silang nagkita... ito lang talagang nakaraang araw biglang naiba,” she said. “Sa mommy ko alam kong mahal na mahal niya ako at sa lahat ng mga pinagdaanan ko nandiyan siya para sa akin. Pero siguro hindi lang siya ready ako i-let go... Kaya sana matapos na lang ito kasi wala naman din akong ginagawang mali... Kung may ginagawa akong mali, I’m sorry, hayaan n'yo na lang akong matuto on my own (There was no problem at first, when they first met... it’s only these past few days that their opinion changed. I know my mommy loves me and that she has been with me through everything. But maybe she’s just not ready to let me go... So I hope that this will be over soon because I’m not doing anything wrong... If I were doing something wrong, I’m sorry, please let me learn on my own.).”
Heart likewise denied her parents’ claims that Chiz is a rude drunk.

"Senator siya, kung ibang tao nga ginagalang niya, 'yung mas mababang tao nga nandiyan siya para sa kanila, ano pa kaya 'yung magulang ng taong mahal niya?” she said. "Naiipit ako pero wala talagang incident... Ang hirap talaga ng posisyon ko ngayon pero kung anuman ang nasasabi tungkol sa amin at sa kanya, hindi totoo 'yun. Ang saya-saya namin, e... Hindi ko maintindihan (He’s a senator, if he respects other people, if he’s there for lesser people, what more for the parents of the person he loves? I’m caught in the middle, but there really was no incident... This is really hard for me, but there’s no truth to the things being said about us and about him. We’re very happy... I don’t understand it.).”

Kung gusto n'yong magkahiwalay kami, hayaan n'yo na lang akong makapagdesisyon 'nun, please (If you want us to break up, let me be the one to decide about that, please!)!” she appealed to her parents, before revealing that she had to let go of a lot of people in the past due to her parents’ disapproval.

“Every time a relationship would end, a big reason would be dahil nahihirapan akong ihati 'yung sarili ko sa mga taong nagmamahal sa akin at sa taong gusto kong ipagtanggol. Pero hinahayaan ko na lang, nagpaparaya na lang ako dahil pareho kong naman silang mahal. Para maging masaya na kung sinuman ang kasama ko 'nun at huwag na siyang mahirapan hahayaan ko na lang siyang umalis. Para maging masaya na lang 'yung magulang ko, dahil mahal mo sila (Every time a relationship would end, a big reason would be because I found it too difficult to divide myself between the people who love me and the person I want to defend. But I just let it be, I let them go because I love them both. I’d let the person I was with before leave so he would be happier and problem-free. So my parents would also be happier, because I love them),” she said.

Madaming beses na rin akong umiyak sa mga taong nawala sa akin. Marami na rin akong natutunan sa buhay,” she continued. “Hindi na rin ako bata para hindi makita ang mga bagay na hindi para sa akin. All they just have to do is to trust me, that I need to live my life. Kung sa tingin ko tama po ako, gagawin ko, kung magkamali ako, di magkamali pero sana nandun pa rin sila kahit mangyari 'yun (I’ve cried so many times for the people I’ve lost. I’ve also learned a lot from life. I’m not a child anymore who shouldn’t see things not meant for me. All they just have to do is to trust me; that I need to live my life. If I think I’m right, I’ll do it, if I make a mistake, then I’ll admit it, but I hope they’ll still be there for me despite it.).”

Heart then revealed that she would probably stay away from her parents while waiting for their emotions to cool down, a process that might last a long time.“The last time na nangyari ito, 'nung sa amin ni Jericho [Rosales], they didn’t want to see me for three years,” she shared. “I don’t know where and what will happen now. Kasi ako din nasasaktan pero dinala tayo ng magulang natin dito sa mundo para mahalin din sila... Gagawin ko na lang siguro 'yung tama, 'yung hindi makakasakit ng kahit sino (The last time this happened, I was with Jericho, and they didn’t want to see me for three years. I don’t know where and what will happen now. I’m also hurt, but our parents brought us to this world to love them... I’ll just do what is right, what won’t hurt anyone.).”

She then pleaded for her mother to stop meddling in her love life.“Why? Why are you doing this?” she asked. “Mahal na mahal naman kita, hindi naman kita iiwanan. Wala naman sa usapan na iiwan kita. Anak mo ako, pamilya tayo, tama na! Tama na ho. Walang mananalo dito, lahat tayo nasasaktan, lahat tayo talo dahil nawala tayo sa isa’t isa, we lost each other. Walang mananalo, tama na (I love you so much, I’m not going to leave you. I didn’t say anything about leaving you. I’m your child, we’re family, so stop this! Please stop this. No one will win here, we’re all going to get hurt, we’re all going to lose here because this drove us apart, we lost each other. No one will win here, so please stop this.).”

(Photo courtesy of PEP.ph)

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