Yesterday, Maine Mendoza surprised everyone when she posted an open letter to the fans expressing her current state of mind and heart. In the entirety of her letter, Maine reiterated and expressed her appreciation and gratitude for the love and support she and Alden Richards have been getting since 2015 (when AlDub broke and became a national phenomenon). However, the Eat Bulaga! host said that she feels like she’s now living inside a box. Her freedom has been curtailed. She was honest to admit that she is no longer happy as many people surrounding her seem to dictate what she should do and feel.
Featured image courtesy of Juan Sarte (Instagram: @juansarte)
Here’s a quote:
“Dumating yung araw na naramdaman ko na para bang hindi na ako masaya. Na kahit sandamakmak ang biyaya ang natatanggap ko, nawala na yung ligaya sa puso ko. Hindi ko na makita yung tuwa sa mga ngiti ko at kinang sa mga mata ko. Hanggang sa napagtanto ko na iyon pala ay dahil sa ilang mga tao na nakapaligid sa akin. Yung mga taong akala ko ay tunay na nagmamalasakit at nagmamahal sa akin. Mahirap. Nahihirapan akong dinidiktahan ng mga dapat kong gawin at maramdaman. Napagtanto ko na nakokompromiso na yung kalayaan at kaligayahan ko. At hindi ko kayang mamuhay ng ganoon. I want to be able to do what I want and what makes me happy because I believe that is how life should be. I do not want to compromise my own happiness for other people’s desires. So this time, I am choosing myself. Ako naman.”
One of the striking elements of the letter is the admission that she and Alden are just an onscreen pair and not a couple in real life. To quote,
“And for all the love and efforts you have given us, you deserve to know the truth that at this very moment Alden and I are just friends. We are a love team.”
Maine emphasized in her letter that she’s aware of the possibility of losing supporters after the admission. This, she said, “Even if I am left with a small number of supporters after posting this, kahit sampu lang ‘yan, for as long as I know (and I feel) they truly love me and care for me, I’ll be fine. Or even if I am left with none, I have family and friends who love me dearly and will never leave my side whatever happens. Sapat na ‘yun para sa akin.”
The letter immediately went viral, eliciting several responses. Some commended Maine for being brave enough to express her real feelings while some took it against her.
Here’s her latest tweet seemingly addressing her naysayers.
“You are all right. I deserve all the hate in the world because I am such a coward and a selfish little brat. I get it and I understand..”