MANILA — Regine Velasquez did not mince words in expressing disappointment with her fans over their apparent demand for her not to share the spotlight with breakout star Morissette, who has openly regarded the songbird as her idol.
In a series of tweets on Monday, Velasquez replied to now-deleted posts that tagged Morissette in light of their recent duet of the music veteran's enduring hit "Pangarap Ko ang Ibigin Ka."
After the "ASAP Natin 'To" number with young singers whose covers of the tune went viral, Velasquez shared a heartwarming moment with Morissette on stage.
She told Morissette: "I just want to say — you own this song, and I'm happy that you're singing it, because it's giving another life to the song. Wala na akong magagawa sa kantang 'yan, so it's yours. Thank you for singing it."
The soaring ballad is a personal one for Velasquez. Apart from it being one of her iconic recordings, it was penned by her husband Ogie Alcasid specifically with her as inspiration.
That hardcore fans of Velasquez tend to be protective of the song is expected, but the singer did not appear to appreciate the harsh words used to target Morissette following their latest "ASAP" performance together.
The tweet in question even tagged Morissette's account, saying: "Hindi mo man lang tinanggihan si Queen Regine nu'ng ini-echos ka niyang iyo na ang kanta. Mahadera ka kasi! Feeling mo talaga. Starlet ka lang!
"Never mo mararating kahit one-fourth ng achievements ni Regine or Sarah man. Magka-hit song ka muna ulit! Kagigil ka!"
While Velasquez wasn't tagged in that rant, it appeared to eventually reach her, triggering her series angry tweets over the behavior of some of her fans.
"Guys, what's wrong with me giving the song to her? That song will always be mine but the truth is hindi ko naman mare-record 'yun at wala na akong magagawa du'n. Ba't ba mas marunong pa kayo sa 'kin?
"I want her to record the song so the new generation will know the song. It will have a new life. She will definitely own it siyempre, because that's what we do. Ako, 'pag kumakanta ng songs ng ibang tao, hindi naman sila nag re-react ng ganyan. I happen to love this girl because I think she is so talented. Utang na loob, 'wag OA!" she said.
Velasquez also appeared irked by followers who said they were upset by her gesture to give Morissette her blessing to perform the song as her own.
"Puwede huwag niyo 'ko sabihan nabubuwisit kayo sa 'kin dahil binigay ko 'yung song? Hindi ako ang may-ari ng song. Songwriter ang [may karapatan] doon, I'm just an interpreter," she said.
Pertaining to Morissette's grateful reaction last Sunday, Velasquez went on: "At bakit tatanggihan, ha? Gusto mo, ipahiya niya ko? OA ka! O, tapos naka private, ayaw mapagsabihan, pero kung makautos at makapagsalita kayo sa 'kin parang pag-aari niyo 'ko."
Velasquez, whose career spans three decades and is regarded as the preeminent "biritera" in local showbiz, has been vocal of her appreciation for Morissette's talent. In fact, in the latter's first major solo concert in February 2018, Velasquez referred to the "Akin Ka Na Lang" hitmaker as a "new queen."
They have since shared the stage numerous more times, particularly on "ASAP Natin 'To" following Velasquez's transfer to the Kapamilya network late last year.
"Besides my body of work is my body of work," Velasquez reminded her fans on Tuesday. "I don't need you to protect that [because] that's finished already."
"Umiinit ulo ko sa inyo. Ang pinaka ayoko 'yung napapahiya sa kagagawan ng ibang tao! Hindi ako mag ri-relax, pinapahiya niyo 'ko... I'm disappointed," she said.