actress Kim Chiu
Actress apologizes for candid statement
MANILA -- Kim Chiu clarified that there was no "walkout" during a press conference held Tuesday where she responded candidly to a reporter's question about the status of her relationship with onscreen partner Xian Lim.
The 23-year-old actress faced members of the press anew during a bloggers' conference on Wednesday, also for her upcoming film "Bride for Rent," which she took as an opportunity to clarify the incident involving showbiz columnist Aster Amoyo.
"Wala naman pong nag-walkout, at nag-sorry naman ako agad," Chiu said. "Siguro na mis-interpret lang. Siguro may mga bagay na kapag inuulit-ulit… Ikaw, kapag tinanong kita nang paulit-ulit tapos ang sagot ko ulit-ulit din. Magagalit ka kasi ulit-ulit lang rin 'yung sagot ko."
During the press event on Tuesday, Chiu was asked by Amoyo to just confirm or deny whether she and Lim are officially together. The veteran reporter noted how the two have been evasive on confirming whether they are a couple despite being open about their close ties.
Chiu responded: "Ako, sinagot narin namin 'to sa last presscon namin [ni Xian]. We don't owe you any of our personal lives siguro. You can think whatever you want to think as long as you're happy when you watch us on TV, nakikita niyo kung paano kami ma-inlove, ganyan. And 'yun na 'yon. And lahat naman tayo merong mga hindi dapat i-share o dapat i-share, and it's our choice, and I hope you guys respect that."
"Hindi naman [ako] nakulitan, siguro medyo lang," Chiu said, when asked Wednesday about being made to answer the same question about Lim time and again. "Tao rin naman kami. Kahit artista kami, may nararamdaman din naman kami kapag medyo nasisindakan kami or kapag medyo iba na 'yung klase ng pagtatanong."
Shortly after the press conference on Tuesday, reports surfaced online that Amoyo supposedly walked out of the event. The actress on Wednesday denied this, saying, "Kung may na-offend man, pasensya na po."
Admittedly, however, Chiu said she was affected by the criticism directed at her for supposedly being rude toward members of the press. Reactions to her statement quickly reached her through social media, the actress recalled, but found comfort in her fans who came to her defense.
"Ang lungkut-lungkot ko tapos nagbasa ako ng Twitter at Instagram. Ay, parang nabuhay ang loob ko," she said. "Kagabi sobrang naramamdan ko... [na] sobra nila (fans) akong pinagtatanggol. Sa lahat kasi ng nangyayari sa 'kin nandiyan na sila sa likod ko eh. All out support sila, as in. Sobra akong happy, sobra akong thankful."
Directed by Mae Czarina Cruz and produced by Star Cinema, "Bride for Rent" will hit theaters nationwide on January 15.