|Singer-actress Karylle. File photo
MANILA, Philippines - Singer-actress Karylle admitted it took "a very, very long time" before she became close to her mother Zsa Zsa Padilla's long-time partner the late King of Philippine Comedy Dolphy.
In an interview on "KrisTV" on Tuesday, Karylle said she became close with the veteran comedian when he got sick.
"I specifically remembered the breakthrough point for me was when Tito Dolphy got sick and I started praying for him. But even then it was a long, long journey -- I was still young -- because no one talked to me about it, not my mom, not my dad. So, it was a solo journey. But I did find people along the way who helped me, 'yung family healing," Karylle said.
"Minsan magma-Mass kami, iiyak ako doon mag-isa. I think what they say about forgiveness it starts in your heart. It's a decision that you make and it goes down to your heart and it takes a long time," she added.
Karylle started tearing up when asked about the time Padilla decided to live with Dolphy.
"There was just too much... about it but for me no one really (talked to me). Ang hirap naman nito," Karylle said.
"It's something that I feel for other people with broken families na take the journey with your kids," she added.
Karylle said she finally realized that she already forgiven Dolphy when she found herself saying jokes to him.
"There would be (conversations) but it's not like towards healing because it's a wound. But, happily, ako naman like 'yung moment na alam ko I had totally forgiven Tito Dolphy I could be closer to my sisters and I caught myself nagjo-joke ako sa kanya. Number one hindi naman ako nagjo-joke, especially at that time pero ang mag-joke ako sa King of Comedy, I said, 'Lord ito na 'yon I've reached it thank you,'" Karylle said.
Dolphy died after a five-year battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease last July 10.