By Chandral Selim
Jodi Sta. Maria is a lauded actress and has been beloved for her optimistic point of view and bubbly personality. However, life hasn't always been smooth-sailing for her which weighed her down.
The award-winning actress made her confessions at "The Perfect Love Conference" held recently in Mandaue City, Cebu, Inquirer (https://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/110826/jodi-sta-maria-i-turned-to-drugs) reported. There, she revealed her previous struggles with alcohol and drug addition, as well as the deep and consuming loneliness she had during her "messy" annulment from ex-husband, Panfilo "Pampi" Lacson, Jr., the man she married at 22. They have a son named Thirdy.
With her life in shambles, Jodi turned to vices.
“I became an alcoholic," she was quoted to have said. "I drank day and night. I even drank during tapings, ang gusto ko kasi masolusyunan ‘yung feeling ko of pain and emptiness."
She continued, "When alcohol wasn’t enough, I turned to drugs. I felt empty. I pretended to be okay when the truth is hindi naman talaga. I was in and out of bad relationships that left me all the more wounded and broken.”
Jodi further surmised that her five-year marriage with Pampi ended because of their "immaturity."
“My life was such a mess na hindi ko na alam kung saan ako magsisimula," she related. "I needed attention. I needed acknowledgment. It even showed in the relationship I had with him (Pampi). No matter how unhealthy and abusive, I stayed in the relationship because it felt okay, may nagmamahal sa akin at may nakakapansin.”
When all was lost, Jodi found spirituality. She found redemption in Christianity, with her former co-star Coney Reyes serving as her guiding hand in finding her way back to God.
Then, life continued to turn around for her for the better. "Be Careful With My Heart" came, a teleserye that was "a turning point in my life because I had everything—because I found Jesus," Jodi said.
She managed to quit her vices and "have a newfound respect for my body now," she added.
"I have to take care of it," Jodi said. "Maayos itong ibinibigay sa akin ng Panginoon, maayos ko din itong isasauli sa kanya."
Jodi will star in the new film, "Dear Other Self" alongside JC de Vera and Joseph Marco. The film, directed by Veronica Velasco, is coming to cinemas soon!
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