Actress Heart Evangelista and mother Cecile Ongpauco. Composite image
MANILA - Heart Evangelista is not expecting to celebrate Mother's Day next week, as she remains estranged from her mother after their controversial tiff over the actress' relationship with Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero.
The 29-year-old Evangelista was asked about how she will spend the holiday on the sidelines of the opening of her first solo art exhibit, "I am Love Marie," held Thursday the Artist Space at the Ayala Museum in Makati.
"I guess there are certain things in your life that are very hard or difficult," Evangelista told ABS-CBN News. "Parang your mind kind of goes on shutdown. So it's kind of shut. It's something that I avoid thinking about."
The actress added: "But, you know, she'll always be my mom and I'll always love her. Ganoon lang talaga. I guess that's life. You can't have everything."
Evangelista's parents, Rey and Cecile Ongpauco, publicly opposed the actress' relationship with Escudero in 2013, and even called a press conference to detail their reasons. The couple accused the lawmaker of being an alcoholic and disrespectful.
Escudero and Evangelista remain a couple, and are vocal of plans to get married in the near future.
Evangelista, whose real name is Love Marie Ongpauco, has since reconciled with her father. Admittedly, she has yet to patch things up with her mother.
The actress said she made many paintings at the height of her conflict with her parents, adding that turning to art helped her cope with their rift.
"This was very therapeutic for me. It helped me a lot to express what I was feeling," she said. "That's actually the cool thing about painting. When you're an artista, whenever you're asked to make kwento about a certain event in your life, 'How did you feel?'"
"Pag painter ka, pag artist ka, hindi mo na kailangan i-explain. So you can say that all the girls you see, they're not really a person in my life. It would probably represent a certain emotion I was feeling at that time. So it was very therapeutic for me. It's also very liberating to come up with big paintings."