Sa press conference para sa nalalapit na Iconic concert nina Sharon Cuneta at Regine Velasquez, ilang beses nabanggit ni Megastar Sharon a ng tungkol sa pagla-lie low—na ayaw niyang tawaging retirement. Bukod daw kasi sa pagod na siya, malaki na rin daw ang ipinagbago ng landscape ng showbiz. Panahon na raw para ibalik niya ang pokus sa mga anak at asawa niya.
Nai-open up din niyang unti-unti nang nababawasan ang mga utang niya na nagkakahalaga ng hundreds of millions. Hindi na niya idinetalye kung kanino siya may utang at bakit siya umabot sa puntong iyon. Ang mahalaga daw ay down to a few hundred millions nalang daw ang kulang niya. Once ma-settle niya siguro ang mga ito ay baka madalang na talaga nating makita si Mega.
“A few years ago I was so problematic,” kwento ni Sharon. “I was...remember I even post it in social media—which I don’t do anymore! Hahaha! I said I was at the lowest point of my life and career, I’ve never been so sad. And that was when everyone thought that I was clinically depressed, that I might kill myself...of course, people like to exaggerate.
“I was really sad and I didn’t know what to do and I had a big-big-big utang...when I say utang, I think I never told you the exact amount—it was over half a billion! And now I’m down to couple of hundreds of million. So, I’m fine. I was able to pay that back because of smart investing in the past. So that was how big my problems were. So down a few hundred. And I’m working. But I’m okay. I’ve invested so it’s just a matter of managing my...”
Na-down daw talaga siya noong mga panahon na yon kaya very sensitive siya at naging patulera sa social media. But then she refocused her attention at voila, okay na siya ngayon.
“And so I had to work non-stop but at that point,” patuloy niya. “I couldn’t work and I didn’t know what to do and then I realized that I removed my focus from God and started focusing too much on my problems... that I was becoming the kind of person that I despised, the kind of person I never wanted to be, the kind of people I would avoid in showbiz since I was young.
“So parang, ‘Ba’t ako nagkaganito?’ Magmula sa Twitter na hindi ako sanay, ba’t ako pumapatol? Parang anong nagawa ’ko? Ano’ng nangyayari? You know, sa madaling-salita, when I refocused on God who’s bigger than all the problem this world can throw my way, I refocused on Him, I said I surrendered everything.
“You know after all that, all the... everything started getting lighter, the financial problem started getting solved, the projects started coming in, I started losing weight... in January, magpo-four years na akong nagdi-diyeta. Hahaha!
“So when they I ask me how much more [I need to lose]? I say 20 to 30 (pounds. But when I lose ten, I still say 20 to 30. . . hehehe. . . so I always say 20 to 30 but I’ve lost about 80 something 90 yeah, already and I lose again in New York hindi ko maiwan si Frankie coz it was painful.”
Frankie, of course, is her panganay with former senator Kiko Pangilinan who is now pursuing college studies in New York.
Iconic concert is happening on October 18 and 19 at the Araneta Coliseum.
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