Miss Universe Philippines 2021 Beatrice Luigi Gomez finally broke her silence regarding her breakup with Cebu-based disc jockey Kate Jagdon.
The latter first confirmed they parted ways in November 2021, just weeks before the former competed in the Miss Universe pageant in Israel.
In a statement she released on her Instagram Stories today, February 16, Beatrice said she decided to finally speak up for her "own peace of mind" after several people have already said their opinions about their breakup.
"I already decided to stay quiet after people accused me of so many things. I chose to compartmentalize my own personal baggage and set it aside to focus on representing Cebu City for MUPH and after that focused all my energy in training and working hard for the Miss Universe competition. Aside from the pressure of representing the country I had to suffer being scrutinized by people who didn't know my side of the story," she stressed.
The beauty queen said she didn't mind the circulating rumors about her, but what triggered her are the harassment her loved ones have been receiving from the trolls and bashers.
"What made me finally say enough is enough is the continuous harassment towards me and my loved ones," she continued. "Trolls went on to my social media accounts posting comments about my personal life as if they knew who I am and even up to this day they would continue to disrespect me on a platform that I use positively for my causes. Fake news from social media corrupted so many minds. It affected even the things I advocate for, the very people who I've been rallying for way before Bb. Cebu and MUPH tried to cancel me and told me that I only used being an LGBT member for the clout. Clout chasing is staying in a toxic relationship just to keep you people entertained."
"Doubts, fears, and trust issues began to grow as I continued to see people hiding behind fake accounts attacking me and harassing me. It was honestly taking its toll on my mental health. It was affecting my family and friends and yet I continued to keep quiet. I didn't want anyone to get hurt by telling it all."
Beatrice said the harassment continued until the night before the Miss Universe finals. "I continued to receive messages from her followers, friends, and family about how they wished I'd lose because 'I made her life miserable when I decided to break up with her.' I can only endure so much for too long. It is hard to advocate for mental health when I myself struggled through pressure, anxiety, and even depression."
The Miss Universe Philippines titleholder then went on to share what she found out just before she competed for Miss Universe Philippines in September 2021.
Apparently, she caught Kate "cheating" with a so-called Adam, and other nasty things she discovered in the course of their six-year relationship.
"When I was on my way to the MUPH competition, after a series of confrontations I learned that she had already been entertaining a person named 'Adam' for over a year during our relationship, she's made out with someone, made a move on other girls, and have been going out more often than usual that there were even times she wouldn't come home for days," she revealed. "I wouldn't know where she was or who she was with. I didn't recognize her anymore and things began to change. People warned me about what she's been doing and yet I continued to defend her and even tried my best to make it work."
"For over two months when I was already here in Manila, I was on video call with her for as much as possible. But long distance made it hard for us, there were days that instead of talking about how our days went, she'd be in a party or playing her video games. I wasn't perfect either. I focused too much on trying to grow without realizing that I've been taking her for granted."
"All along she had been the victim of this break up because she chose to," she furthered. "She didn't have to explain herself because I was already being antagonized and everyone's sympathy was with her. I've struggled a lot living alone, adjusting to a new city, and even getting to know people who I can trust and depend on. I gained strength, courage, and confidence to get used to a life without her."
Luckily, she's got people with her who helped her keep going during the competition. Among the ones she mentioned were John Odin, the disc jockey whom she went on a Valentine's date with.
"People like Sven Chua, Edward Castro, Dom Moreno, Maui Potente, Oyelle de Leon, and John Odin, were few of the people who were constantly present when I needed someone to keep me going during my MUPH stint. That kind of support grew when I won and was about to compete for MU. People who said they'd be here to support me when I needed them only wanted to be present when I already won."
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Beatrice then ended her statement with a heartfelt message for her ex. "I can only hope for the best for both of us. I did love her. I don't regret anything in the six years that we've been together. I loved her until the last day I was with her. We both deserve to be happy.. genuinely happy."
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