MANILA, Philippines – Actor Rustom Padilla, who is now known as BB Gandanghari, faced actor-host Zoren Legaspi for the first time.
|BB Gandanghari. File photo
Legaspi is the current husband of Gandanghari's former partner Carmina Villaroel.
Gandanghari, who publicly admitted his sexual orientation during his stay at the Pinoy Big Brother house in 2006, said he is grateful that Legaspi is taking care of Villaroel.
"Honestly wala akong [sama ng loob sa'yo]," Gandanghari told Legaspi in an interview aired Saturday on entertainment talk show "Paparazzi."
"Wala ka namang kinalaman kung ano man 'yung nangyari sa past ni Carmina at ni Rustom, at kung mayroon akong nararamdaman para sa'yo, hindi siguro sama ng loob o galit, kundi pasasalamat actually, na I can see that you're taking care of Carmina and I'm very happy," Gandanghari said.
Gandanghari, who was married to Villaroel in 1994 until their annulment in 2002, also told Legaspi that he only wishes the best for his former partner.
"Ang gusto ko lang naman mapunta sa maganda si Carmina in the end, and I think she is very happy with you, and if only for that, wala talagang sama ng loob," Gandanghari said.
Coming out to Carmina
Recounting his struggle with his sexuality, Gandanghari shared with Legaspi that he was grateful for having had Villaroel as a companion, and clarified that he never intended to deceive the actress.
"Kung may masakit man, it was a blessing na [kasama] ko si Carmina sa mga nangyari, napakaganda ng mga handling nu'ng mga nangyari.
"It was difficult because I don't want to make her feel na there was deception at that time because probably there wasn't," he said.
Although the daring act of honesty was difficult for Gandanghari, he said he had felt he owed it to Villaroel out of love and respect.
"It was difficult also na sabihin sa kanya 'yun. Ayoko na kasi pahabain eh 'di ba. Nangyari 'yun kasi out of respect. Kung mayroong isa tao na nakilala kay Rustom, I think si Carmina 'yun eh, so I just thought, 'I owe it to her,'" he said.