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Maine Mendoza creates a buzz online anew after posting an open letter to their fans through her official website.

Maine Mendoza

She explained that the content of her post is “something” she wants off her chest.

The TV host-actress revealed she feels like she’s living in a box.

“I have not been able to do what I want and say what I feel because every time I try to express my thoughts and feelings, some of you tend to misapprehend and invalidate them in so many ways,” she wrote.

She listed some of the she usually gets, such as “Telling me I am not supposed to feel that way because I am ‘rich and famous.’ Telling me I have no right to be sad and hurt because I have everything a person could ask for. Judging, blaming and getting mad at me for expressing what I truly feel just because you do not agree and it is inconvenient for you. Dictating me what I should feel and should not feel. Ang hirap. ‘Yung mga taong nagsasabi na wala akong dapat na maramdaman kun’di kaligayahan kasi pinagpapala ako at dapat akong magpasalamat sakanila (at sakanila lang) dahil ‘wala naman ako kung wala sila.’”

She firmly stated she has had enough.

“Minsan nga tinatanong ko ang sarili ko, sino ba talaga ang gumawa sa akin? Ang Diyos ba o sila? Pagmamay-ari ba nila buong pagkatao ko para diktahan ako sa halos lahat ng bagay? Bakit ganu’n? Ganu’n ba dapat kapag mahal mo ‘yung tao? Susubukan mong kontrolin ng naaayon sa kagustuhan mo? Dahil tingin mo ‘yun ‘yung tama? Dahil tingin mo doon siya liligaya?”

The 22-year-old model has reached the a point where she felt she’s not happy anymore.

“​Na kahit sandamakmak ang biyaya ang natatanggap ko, nawala na ‘yung ligaya sa puso ko,” she shared. “Hindi ko na makita ‘yung tuwa sa mga ngiti ko at kinang sa mga mata ko. Hanggang sa napagtanto ko na iyon pala ay dahil sa ilang mga tao na nakapaligid sa akin.”

“Nahihirapan akong dinidiktahan ng mga dapat kong gawin at maramdaman. Napagtanto ko na nakokompromiso na ‘yung kalayaan at kaligayahan ko. At hindi ko kayang mamuhay ng ganoon,” she added. “I want to be able to do what I want and what makes me happy because I believe that is how life should be. I do not want to compromise my own happiness for other people’s desires. So this time, I am choosing myself. Ako naman.”

She hopes her fans would understand that she is just in show business because she loves making people happy.

“​I was never into money or fame. All I want in this life is to be free and happy. And I am certain that no amount of fame and money can ever give me genuine happiness,” she noted.

Though her letter might turn off many of her fans, Maine believes “Speak the truth even if your voice shakes.”

Maine with Alden Richards (mb.com.ph)

Maine with Alden Richards

“I knew this day would come. Even if I am left with a small number of supporters after posting this, kahit sampu lang ‘yan, for as long as I know (and I feel) they truly love me and care for me, I’ll be fine. Or even if I am left with none, I have family and friends who love me dearly and will never leave my side whatever happens. Sapat na ‘yun para sa akin.”

Writing the letter is something she “owe(s) this to everyone who were dragged into this.”

“Kahit sinong madikit sa amin pinagiisipan at pinagsasalitaan ng hindi maganda. Basta hindi naaayon sa kagustuhan ang mga nakikita, nagagalit. It hurts me seeing them being hurt. It hurts me how some of you are so capable and so proud of throwing so much hate on others – especially on people who care about us,” she shared.

“Hiling ko ay sana bigyan natin sila ng respeto.​​ Naiintindihan ko na pinoprotektahan niyo lang kami, at nagpapasalamat ako sa lahat ng ginagawa niyong pagtatanggol sa amin, pero sana maintindihan niyo din na hindi kailangan maliitin ang pagkatao ng iba. Hindi niyo sila kailangan tirahin ng masasamang salita.”

She cleared she and her love team partner Alden Richards are just “friends.”

“I know, that at the end of the day, love wins over hate. I still believe, and I fervently hope, that the same love who brought all of us here together in the beginning, will heal all scars and unite us again. Let us not focus on those who judge, but to those who love without any hesitations and expectations. I am who I am right now because of that,” she wrote.

Full support

After her post trended on different social media platforms, Maine gained respect and admiration for her boldness.

She was described as “brave,” “real” and “classy” for her stand.

Maine also received positive reactions from her fellow celebrities.

Kapuso singer-actress Gabby Garcia lauded her bravery.

Her godmother Christine Bersola-Babao showed her support with a tweet “Here for you.”

Maine’s sister, Coleen Mendoza, also re-tweeted the post and replied “Always here, always.”

Ai Ai delas Alas posted a screengrab of Maine’s letter. She captioned it: “May nag balita lang sa akin sa blog ni Maine and binasa ko… Go Girl!! What ever makes you happy support kita and same with Alden… sabi mo kahit 10 lang ang fans mo… bec of this pang 11 ako… ( lalo na 11/11 bday ko hehe mema lang)… THE SECRET OF HAPPINESS IS FREEDOM AND THE SECRET OF FREEDOM IS COURAGE. GOD BLESS YOU.”

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