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‘I’m so tired of taking all the blame’: Andrea Brillantes clears up ‘sugod’ rumors involving Francine Diaz

“You can do whatever you want with my statement pero ito na ‘yun.”

Humility Javier
Humility Javier

4/12/2022 in News
‘I’m so tired of taking all the blame’: Andrea Brillantes clears up ‘sugod’ rumors involving Francine Diaz

Andrea Brillantes decidedly set the record straight that the reports made last January that she allegedly charged towards Francine Diaz’s dressing room are completely false.

The “Lyric and Beat” actress went on Instagram Live yesterday, April 11, to address a number of rumors involving her, including her alleged confrontation with fellow “The Gold Squad” member Francine. The incident was reported to have been caused by a misunderstanding over their co-actor Seth Fedelin.

“After posting the TikTok, ang dami nang kumalat na fake news. Wala pong totoo dun. Hindi po ako nagloko. Hindi ko din jowa ‘yung mga pinagkalat niyo na nakasama kong lalaki sa pictures,” Andrea said in the IG Live, a day after officially being in a relationship with actor-athlete Ricci Rivero.

She continued, “At pinaka-importante sa lahat, hindi ho ako nanugod sa dressing room. Hindi ho talaga. I also don’t know where people got that. Ang alam ko lang parang may isang dummy account na nag-tweet and it’s funny kasi naniwala naman agad lahat sila kahit it was just words. Pero kasi meron ding entertainment reporter, may public figure na sinabi ‘yun sa vlog niya which made the alleged rumor more credible for people to believe.”

Confessing that the rumors made her “mad and broken,” Andrea revealed that she got to a point of asking for CCTV footage in order to prove her innocence.

“Aaminin ko, I was mad. I was mad furious and I wanted to file a case sa mga taong nagpakalat nun. And in every lie that was thrown at me without any concrete proof, I was mad and broken because everyone was accusing me for something that I didn’t do,” she spoke of the incident.

“Guys, let’s be real. Kung totoo naman ‘yun, sana kumalat na pero walang kumalat na video. There are CCTVs in every corner of ABS-CBN and I actually asked for a footage para lang may mapakita ako sa mga tao na hindi ko ‘to ginawa. Andito ako sa elevator, bumalik ako sa dressing room. I didn’t do that. Pero matagal na ‘yun. And hindi ko na tinuloy kasi binaon ko na sa limot ‘yun kasi alam ko 'yung katotohanan. Alam ng Diyos ‘yung totoong nangyari. So kinalimutan ko na lang and I moved on,” she added.

The “Huwag Kang Mangamba” star went on to say that she has chosen to “forgive and forget” and “let her actions speak for herself” despite being villainized by the public.

“I wanted to speak out months ago pa. It was the worst two weeks of my life. I wanted to let everyone know what really happened because I’m so tired of taking all the blame for something that I didn’t do. I’m so tired of people portraying me as the bad guy based only on alleged rumors that has no truth. Pero kasi I found my peace and I decided to forgive and forget. I decided to work harder na lang and let my actions speak for myself. I’ve been through worse. Ano ba naman ‘to, ‘di ba? I also realized, why should I prove myself if everything I do nor say will not be enough for people to believe. Kasi naisip ko, only uneducated people listen to silly rumors. So why please them? Kasi kahit ano namang gawin ko, hindi nila mauunawaan ‘yun. Kaya I moved on,” she said.

Andrea hopes that her statement on the issue would provide closure for all parties involved, including her fans and fans of Francine and Seth.

“So the reason why I did this now is for people to move on na din. I didn’t do this to create another issue. I didn’t do this to create another problem, to be called a victim or to be called problematic. I’m doing this for closure. I’m not asking you to believe in me. Kasi this is for everyone, closure for me, closure for my fans, closure to their fans. Hindi niyo kailangang maniwala. You can do whatever you want with my statement pero ito na ‘yun. I’m happy na I did my part and I own up to it. Alam ko naman mas madali paniwalaan ang tsismis kaysa sa katotohanan, kaya nga mas madaming naniniwala dun, eh. Pero the truth isn’t easy to accept but it will set you free. Masaya na ang puso ko ngayon at ipagdadasal ko na sana matutunan na din nating lahat na maging masaya para sa iba,” she told the viewers.

Before ending the IG Live, Andrea expressed gratitude to her followers and stressed the value of choosing love over hate and prioritizing “more important things” in life.

“I will take this opportunity to say na sana pagtuunan na lang natin ng pansin ang mas importanteng bagay. Malapit na po ang eleksyon, so please vote wisely. Tama na po ang away. Let’s all love. I love you all so much. Thank you sa lahat ng naniwala sa akin at hindi naniwala agad. And sa mga naniniwala pa rin, I’m just happy na nalabas ko na lahat ng ‘to. Love you all so much,” she added.

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