Fil-Am singer Jasmine Villegas opens up about abusive ex

By Yong Chavez, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Sep 04 2013 05:57 PM | Updated as of Sep 05 2013 01:57 AM

HOLLYWOOD - A young Filipino-American singer is moving on after her abusive relationship with her former boyfriend.

At 16, Jasmine Villegas played the love interest of Justin Bieber in the music video of his hit song "Baby". The video was at one point the most viewed in YouTube history.

The American-born Filipino-Mexican singer is signed with a major recording studio and followed by more than a million fans on Twitter.

But behind the success was a crisis. At one point, Villegas went through a bad relationship that almost destroyed her.

"It's something that I never thought would happen personally to me and it's definitely hard to come out with it. But I mean you just have to be strong. I want to be a role model to these young girls. The fact is if I'm strong and if they ever go through stuff like that they can be strong as well," she said.

Just over a year ago, Villegas suffered abuse at the hands of a former boyfriend.

She recently released her singe "Didn't Mean It" that talked about the physical and emotional pain that she went through in real life.

Through the song, the singer hopes to let others in the same situation that they are not alone.

Villegas said she has no plans to reveal the identity of the person who abused her.

"My parents didn't know about it. I hid it for a year and two months until it was over and when it was my last final goodbye to him that's when I told my parents about it. But by then, I started to stay away from it. Everybody was pretty mad. I was lying to them and I just kindda felt hopeless, worthless. I felt like I couldn't talk to nobody. I was running out of excuses for my bruises on my body and cuts," she said.

Her other ex-boyfriend, Justin Bieber, expressed his support for Villegas.

"He did hear about the situation and he was kinda like 'I'm sorry that happened to you. You don't deserve that kind of thing" and we just kept moving on with our lives," she said.

The pop star said opening up allowed her to move on from that chapter in her life.

"I'm excited, I'm blessed. I mean you don't have to go through the struggle before you get to all the good stuff. God has his path for everybody to make you stronger. Honestly, even though it was unfortunate, I'd rather it had happened to me than to somebody else," she added.
Turning 20 this December, Villegas is on top of her game. She continues to tour and fill venue with her loyal fans.

The singer is working on a new album and has also fallen in love again. This time, with someone that she said is good to her.