Albie Casino. Photo: @thestallion09 on Instagram
MANILA - Actor Albie Casino revealed on Monday that he is battling ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Casino made the admission when asked of the changes in his life four years since he left the Kapamilya network.
"Yung buong pagkatao ko, bago na. I mean, it's been a long time since people have really seen me. I'm more equipped to handle everything that comes, like intrigues. I'm just a more mature person now," Casino said in an interview after the press conference for the ABS-CBN series "On The Wings Of Love" starring James Reid and Nadine Lustre.
Casino explained that this is part of the reason he had a difficult time dealing with the media.
"I don't like being put on the spot. That's why I don't like press conferences and stuff. It's very hard for me. I have hard time answering. I have ADHD also, so natataranta talaga ako," he said.
Moreover, he said he was always "super stressed" because of his negative public image.
"Alam ko ang perception sa akin ng ibang tao ay hindi ganoon kaganda. Pero now I'm older, I understand na there's nothing I can do that will change people's perception of me until they actually meet me. So why stress about it? Mas lalo lang akong mai-stress, mas lalo lang akong may napag-iisipan. Ang dami ko na ngang iniisip palagi dahil sa ADHD, so sinabi ko let's just stop trying to please everyone and just be a good person na lang," Casino said.
"Eventually I'm sure that now I'm visible again makikita ng people na I'm not really a bad guy," he added.
Time to move on
In a separate interview, Casino also said it's time to move on from the past, particularly his relationship with Andi Eigenmann.
Casino said he is "relieved," especially since a DNA test reportedly showed that he's not the father of the actress's daughter.
"Now I can close that book on my life. It's over. Time to move on," he said. "To be honest, I don't like to talk about it but I'm not scared to talk about it or anything. I just rather not because it's in the past. It's just bad memories, it's a bad experience, I don't really want to think about it anymore," he said, adding that he "hasn't heard of anything" about the so-called paternity test since it was last brought up in February.
"Unless it's my own first-hand knowledge, ayaw ko siyang pag-usapan at wala namang nagsabi sa akin na nangyari 'yon. Like no one is contacting me, telling me all of this. I learned all of this from you guys. I don't want to make assumptions based on things that are said," he added.
After all that he's been through, Casino shared the most important thing he learned.
"Listen to your parents. 'Yun ang number one thing. Especially when I was younger, I was earning a lot of money, you think you are better than your parents, hindi ba? Hindi mo maiiwasan 'yon kasi bata ka lang, sanay ka lang sa baon tapos biglang papasok ka dito sa industriya, ang dami mo ng (pera), so nabubulag ka talaga," he said.
"Saka 'yung attitude mo nag-iiba din kasi you have not only money but like sa mall shows, you have bodyguards around you and you are super young, you are just a kid, sa high school, talagang papasok sa ulo mo 'yon. You can't avoid that -- lalaki talaga ang ulo mo. At least now I'm older I understand more things. Hindi na mauulit sa akin yon," he said.
Meanwhile, Casino is just excited about "On The Wings of Love," which will debut on August 10 after "Pangako Sa 'Yo," replacing "Bridges of Love."
Casino's last show with the Kapamilya network was "Mara Clara" with Kathryn Bernardo.
In "On The Wings of Love," Casino plays the boyfriend of Leah (Lustre) who marries Clark (Reid) just to get a US visa.
"I'm not really nervous, I'm just really excited for it to show," Casino said. "'Yung reception naman ng fans, wala akong hawak doon if they don't like it. But I'm sure naman it's a very nice story, madaming mahuhusay na artista. I'm sura maganda ang pagtanggap."