MANILA — Actor and TV host Paolo Ballesteros feels there is no need for him to confirm whether he is gay, saying he has always been open about his gender identity.
The topic came up Tuesday on the sidelines of a press conference for his upcoming film “The Panti Sisters,” one of the entries in this year’s Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino.
“Kung ano ‘yung nakikita mo, ganun ‘yung pananaw ko sa sarili ko. Hindi mo kailangan i-chururot-churorot,” Ballesteros was quoted as saying by PEP.ph.
“Ayaw ko gumawa ng issue na ganun, na it’s a big issue. Naka-swimsuit na nga, e. Ano pa ba ang kailangan? Ganito rin naman ako kahit dati pa,” he added.
Aside from his popular makeup transformations inspired by female celebrities, Ballesteros is known for his LTBQ+ portrayals on the big screen.
Prior to “The Panti Sisters,” where he plays one of three brothers who all happen to be gay, Ballesteros was a gay man in “Bakit Lahat ng Gwapo May Boyfriend?” and a transgender woman in “Die Beautiful,” among others.
“Hindi naman naging isyu sa akin kung ano ba ako. Ginagawa ko lang ‘yung work ko, hindi naman ako nagpapa-girl sa normal na buhay. Alam ko, alam nila who I am,” he said.
In January, Ballesteros candidly revealed being in a gay relationship, a month after he first posted on Instagram a photo showing him holding hands with a man.
When asked whether he is “confirmed” to be gay, Ballesteros answered, “Ay, hindi pa ba?”