Mariel defends Zanjoe on 'gay' issue

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 16 2010 03:06 PM | Updated as of Apr 18 2010 08:49 PM

MANILA, Philippines - TV host-actress Mariel Rodriguez has denied reports that her boyfriend Zanjoe Marudo's new car was given to him by a gay benefactor.

In a press conference, Rodriguez said the BMW 2008 was bought by Marudo on an installment basis.

She said she feels bad for Marudo, who is always the target of negative articles whenever he buys something new for himself.

"He works hard naman. It's not like naman na he has no show or he is just a basagulero somewhere or hampas lupa not doing anything. He is working naman at kaya niya naman (bumili), hindi ba?," Rodriguez said.

She added: "Nasasaktan ako for him. Kasi bakit ako hindi ako na-tsitsismis na may nagbigay sa akin ng ganito? Bakit kapag ako, ok lang na ako ang bumili? Bakit pag siya ang bumili, laging nadidikit na 'may bumili na ganito, bigay ni ganito, nakita kasama ni ganito?"

According to Rodriguez, she was with Marudo when he bought the BMW convertible.

"At saka, nandooon ako ng binili niya ang car. Nandoon ako ng kasama namin ang bank people at pinipirmahan ang (checks)," she said.

Asked if her boyfriend also got hurt by the reports, Rodriguez replied: "Hindi (siya nasasaktan), kasi para sa kanya 'hello kaya ko namang bumili."

Mariel is currently co-hosting "Wowowee" and "Pinoy Big Brother Teen Clash of 2010", while Marudo is part of the comedy show "Banana Split."