MANILA — Actor and former Hashtags member Jon Lucas has parted ways with ABS-CBN and its talent management arm Star Magic, he confirmed in an Instagram post Wednesday expressing gratitude to the Kapamilya network.
Lucas, who was launched as part of the 2013 batch of Star Magic Circle, thanked ABS-CBN as well as his fans for “the love that you gave me and my family” and for “the wonderful six years.”
“I will forever be grateful and blessed to be part of your wonderful family! Maraming salamat sa mga oportunidad na binigay niyo sa ‘kin. Oportunidad na totoong nagpabago sa aking buhay bilang isang tao. Mga oportunidad din na sinayang ko nang maraming pagkakataon,” he wrote.
Lucas, 23, did not give details of the “wasted” opportunities, but admitted that he had been neglectful and did not give enough importance to these.
“Alam ko kung gaano niyo ‘ko pinahalagahan noong una akong tumapak sa inyong tahanan, ramdam ko ‘yon at ng aking buong pamilya. Ngunit alam ko rin na ako’y lubos na nagkulang sa inyo, lalo na sa mga taong malalapit sa 'kin, na noong una ay labis-labis ang pagtulong sa ‘kin para maabot ko ang aking mga pangarap. Lubos po akong nagpapasalamat sa inyo! Salamat sa sakripisyo at pang-unawa na hindi matatawaran,” he said.
After being introduced as an official Star Magic talent alongside batchmates Liza Soberano and Julia Barretto, Lucas appeared in several ABS-CBN series, including “Got to Believe,” “Be Careful with My Heart,” and “Luv U.”
In 2015, he joined the noontime program “It’s Showtime” as one of the original members of the dance group Hashtags. However, he was reportedly “suspended” from the group in 2017, and has not been seen on “It’s Showtime” since.
In July 2018, Lucas came out of “hiding” and confirmed for the first time that he had welcomed a son in November, and is now married.
In his Instagram post on Wednesday, Lucas went on to enumerate individuals and groups to whom he felt thankful, including his Star Magic handler Gidget dela Cuesta.
“Sa loob ng anim na taon na katigasan ng ulo ko eh tinuring niya ako bilang anak (na pasaway),” he wrote, referring to dela Cuesta. “Gayunpaman, maraming salamat sa mga payo at saway mo!”
Addressing his followers who have supported him in the past six years, Lucas said: “Kung may pinakamahusay magtiyaga para sa taong mahal nila, ay kayon ‘yon! Hindi matatawaran ang hirap at pagod niyo para lamang sa amin. Hindi namin kailanman masusuklian ‘yung efforts niyo! Ang kaya lang namin gawin ay mahalin din kayo tulad ng pagmamahal niyo sa amin!”