'I made a mistake': Jim Paredes owns up to viral sex video

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Posted at Apr 02 2019 07:51 AM | Updated as of Apr 02 2019 01:33 PM

MANILA - Hours after saying that his viral sex video was fake, singer-composer Jim Paredes has now confirmed the authenticity of the video but said it was not meant for public consumption.

"The video was real. It was private, and not meant for public consumption. I do not know how it became public," he wrote on his blog "Writing on Air."

The APO Hiking Society member said he was in a quandary after seeing the video leaked to social media but decided to come clean after praying about it. 

"There are already too many lies and liars in this world. I do not wish to be a part of that cabal. I have chosen to be truthful because I know that painful as the truth can be, it will eventually set me free," he said. 

The 67-year-old musician, known for being a vocal critic of the current administration, suspects the incident as politically-motivated.

"I can only surmise that in this ugly season of toxic politics, muckrakers determined to neutralize my influence by violating my privacy and digging up dirt on me are at work," he said.

He also admitted he is "a flawed person, a human being, much like everyone else."

"I made a mistake, I was irresponsible. And I am truly sorry," he said.

He also begged for forgiveness from his family who are affected by the scandal.

"I stand in bottomless sorrow and contrition before my family who are reeling from the hurt and aggravation, and the embarrassment and shame, that should only be mine. I pray that they be spared any more wicked trolling by those who would revel in their pain," Paredes said.