‘Dati hirap kami sa pera’: Jessy Mendiola opens up about past financial struggles

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 25 2019 03:12 PM

MANILA – Jessy Mendiola poured her heart out in a recent vlog post as she revealed that it was never her intention to join show business.

In the video published on her YouTube page, Mendiola said she decided to become an actress more than a decade ago because of her family’s financial struggles.

“Gusto ko lang maging honest kasi dati hirap kami sa pera,” she admitted. “Iyon ‘yung nag-push sa akin para mag-artista. Siyempre ‘pag nakakuha ka ng mga gigs sa ganito, or kunyari magkaroon ka ng show or ma-discover ka, may pera na papasok.”

“So noong time na ‘yun, sabi ko, sige, kahit ayokong mag-artista or ayokong makita ako ng mga tao, tinanggap ko. Tinanggap ko na magtrabaho kahit ayoko kasi kailangan ko para sa pamilya ko at para sa sarili ko. Kasi nakikita ko ‘yung mommy ko noong time na ‘yun na sobrang nahihirapan na buhayin kaming tatlo.”

Now that she has helped her family and at the same time saved up and bought a home for herself, Mendiola could not help but be thankful for her fruitful showbiz career.

“Dati parati akong nangangarap na sana may sarili akong place, sana meron akong maitutulong sa aking parents, sa mga kapatid ko. And ngayon, unti-unti na siyang natutupad,” she said.

She went on: “Nakakatuwa ‘pag nakikita mo sila (family) na pinagtatrabahuhan nila nang maayos ‘yung binigay mo sa kanila [at] gusto nilang ibalik ‘yun sa ‘yo. Iyong ate ko naka-graduate na, tapos ngayon may buhay na siya sa Japan. Tapos ‘yung little sister ko naman ngayon, ga-graduate na rin siya.”

Prior to her revelation, Mendiola was looking at her throwback photos as part of a social media challenge.

She also could not help but look back on the time she got depressed after being heavily criticized for her weight.

“Sa mga girls diyan na nagsa-struggle sa weight nila, kung mag-gain ka man or mag-lose ka ng weight, okay lang ‘yan,” the actress told her viewers. “Naiiyak ako kasi ‘yung weight talaga sobrang sensitive topic sa akin ‘yan… Struggle talaga ‘yan since noong bata pa ako.”

“Gusto kong maging isang tao na nakaka-inspire sa ibang tao. Kahit ayoko mang mag-artista noon, ngayon gusto ko na kasi may boses ako ngayon. Meron akong boses ngayon na puwedeng mapakinggan ng maraming tao,” she added.

(Skip to the 8:20 mark to watch Mendiola’s admission about her family’s past financial problems.)

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