JM De Guzman
MANILA – “Gumamit po ako ng droga.”
This was the direct admission of JM De Guzman when asked about the real reason for his almost one-year absence from the limelight.
In an exclusive interview with Boy Abunda which aired on “The Buzz” Sunday, De Guzman said he personally asked his late grandfather to send him to rehab.
“Pinasok po ako sa rehab dahil unmanageable na ako. Gumamit po ako ng droga. Sinubukan ko 'yung hindi dapat subukan… Naging iresponsable po ako. Nawala po 'yung disiplina ko. Lumaki po yung ulo ko. I lost control,” he said.
Asked what triggered him to plead that he be sent to a rehabilitation facility, the actor said: “Mentally, hindi na ako makapag-isip ng diretso. Hindi ko na mapagkatiwalaan 'yung mga sarili kong desisyon, responsibilidad at disiplina nawawala na rin sa akin. Wala na, emotionally hindi ko na kaya i-control.”
The “Angelito” actor said his drug use was also one of the reasons he and actress Jessy Mendiola broke up.
“Sa bisyo ko, sa mga ginawa ko sa sarili ko, wala pong kinalaman si Jessy doon. Decision ko 'yun, choices ko 'yun, and naging rason 'yun kung bakit kami naghiwalay. Isa po 'yun sa maraming rason,” he said.
Still under a 15-month rehabilitation program, De Guzman said his experience inside the rehab facility gave him a new-found perspective on life.
“Na-appreciate ko 'yung mga simpleng bagay na nabibigay sa akin, simpleng bagay na nilalatag sa akin ng Diyos. Kasi noon, wala akong kinikilalang kahinaan ko. Akala ko kaya ko lahat,” he said.
Now ready for his showbiz comeback, De Guzman said he will forever be thankful to those who welcomed him back with open arms, especially the Kapamilya network who gave him a project right away.
“Nagpapasalamat ako ng sobra kasi hindi lahat ng tao nabibigyan ng ganitong pagkakataon at hindi lahat ng tao binibigyan pa ng pangalawang pagkakataon,” he said.
According to De Guzman, he is hoping to do another television series if given the opportunity.