MANILA — Music veteran Regine Velasquez on Thursday expressed support for fellow “ASAP Natin ‘To” mainstay Morissette, amid the controversy surrounding her non-appearance at a concert guesting early this week.
Velasquez was asked for her reaction to the incident Thursday night, during the red-carpet opening of the Cinema One Originals film festival, where her comeback film, “Yours Truly, Shirley,” is participating.
“Hindi ko alam ‘yung nangyari so it’s very hard for me to comment. I have no idea,” she told ABS-CBN News’ MJ Felipe.
“I hope that she’s okay. Sometimes, ganoon talaga, may pagdadaanan ka. I hope that God will give her the strength para mapagdaanan niya nang tama ito. Kasi ang hirap, kasi ang bata pa niya,” she added.
Morissette, who counts Velasquez as one of her singing idols, backed out minutes before her turn on stage during the November 6 concert of newcomer Kiel Alo, with her business manager citing a medical emergency.
Viral videos showed Morissette walking out of the venue, just as concert producer Jobert Sucaldito announced, mid-show, that the “Akin Ka Na Lang” hitmaker would no longer be able to perform as scheduled.
According to Sucaldito, Morissette’s camp claimed she “felt attacked” during an interview with ABS-CBN News’ Mario Dumaual, which touched on her ties with her family, prior to the start of the concert.
Morissette’s father, Amay Amon, had earlier publicly disapproved of her relationship with singer Dave Lamar, in a series of tweets which went viral.
Velasquez, who has referred to Morissette as a “new queen” in the local music industry, attested to the 23-year-old singer’s good character during her interview on Thursday.
“She’s a good girl. She’s a really good girl. Iyon ang pagkakakilala ko sa kaniya, and I know her personally na, ha. Hindi na ‘yung basta chika lang. Nakakausap ko siya, nag-te-text kami. She’s a good girl,” she said.