MANILA -- An emotional Kim Chiu thanked her fans for their support after the actress was heavily criticized for her pointed comments to a reporter during the press conference for her film "Bride For Rent" last week.
Chiu admitted on Twitter that she had a difficult time sleeping after the press conference where she and leading man Xian Lim were again asked about their off-screen relationship. Chiu then remarked, "We don't owe you any of our personal lives."
She also retweeted her fans' messages defending her.
In an interview on "KrisTV" on Wednesday, Chiu became teary eyed as she recounted the incident.
"Kaya lang ako naiiyak siguro kasi nga na touched ako, kasi siyempre tao lang. Noong umuwi ako sa house nabasa ko 'yung mga fans na okay lang ;yan, nandito lang kami. 'Yung umiiyak ka sa room taops mababasa mo 'yung tweets nila sa iyo at comments sa Instagram, nakakagaan ng feeling," Chiu told host Kris Aquino.
Chiu also clarified that when she uttered her much-quoted comment, she said it in a "nice way."
"May tinanong about sa amin ni Xian. Sinagot na namin 'yung isa, sinagot na namin 'yung pangalawa, sinagot na namin 'yung pangatlo 'ano ang status niyo ni Xian?' Tapos 'yung isa naman same lang ang tanong pero ibang sentence lang. Pero same lang yung thought," she recalled.
"In a nice way kong sinabi, 'yung kumalat na 'we don't owe you explanation,'" Chiu stressed, adding that she apologized right after making that statement.
Looking back at the incident. Chiu said she has learned her lesson. "Huwag tayong mag-English, 'yun ang lesson learned. Tagalog na lang for life or Bisaya," Chiu said.
The actress also explained why she and Lim want to keep their personal life private.
"Hindi pa man kami dumarating doon ay marami na ang nangunguna sa amin. Wala pa nga, ito na agad ang sinasabi," she said.