MANILA, Philippines – Mich Liggayu, one-half of the popular YouTube tandem Jamich, finally broke her silence on the accusations thrown at her by the mother of her late fiance Jam Sebastian, Maricar.
In an interview with Startalk on Saturday, May 2, Mich said that she only had a minimal tampuhan (misunderstanding) with Maricar.
“Kung may tampuhan kami, sobrang minimal lang po. Bago po ‘yung nilibing si Jam, okay po kami noon. Nag-dinner pa nga kami after. Tapos kinabukasang umaga po, bumabawi pa ako nun ng tulog.”
(If we ever had a misunderstanding, it’s a very minimal one. We were okay before Jam’s burial. We even had dinner together afterwards. Then the next day, I was catching up on sleep.)
She also said that her mother was surprised over Maricar’s outbursts, and wondered why Maricar was bringing up these kinds of issues.
“Nasa bahay ako ng parents ko, pumunta po sa room ko yung mommy ko, parang medyo nagpapanic ho siya kasi bakit ganun si Tita Maricar (I was at my parents’ house, and my mom went to my room. She panicked and wondered why Tita Maricar behaved that way).”
She first addressed the issue of the Jamich funds not being shared, an issue brought up by Maricar in her previous interview.
“Hindi ko naman po ipagdadamot sa kanya kasi alam po ni Jam ever since hindi po issue sa akin ang pera. Na pag may mga projects po kami ni Jam na pag may kahit anong financial aspect sa amin, si Jam ang pinakakausap ko kasi hands off po talaga ako sa pera.”
(I don’t keep all the money to myself because Jam had known ever since that I never had an issue with money. Whenever there’s a financial aspect to be discussed when Jam and I had projects, Jam was the one who talked because I am hands-off with money.)
Mich also clarified the issue of living in with Jam, and said that it was Jam who convinced her to live in with him.
“Simula po Day 1, nandiyan po ako kasama si Jam. Sa 7 years po namin together – kuwento ko lang po –yung first 3 years namin sobrang naging challenge sa amin ni Jam kasi nagkakilala kami college po ako nun and si Jam, wala po siyang work.”
(From Day 1, I was with Jam. In the 7 years that we were together – I’ll tell you the story – in our first 3 years as a couple, it was a huge challenge for Jam and I. When we first met, I was a college student and he was unemployed.)
She added: “So ‘yung family ko nahirapan siyang tanggapin for me. Yung first 3 years po sobrang pinaglaban po namin yung love namin sa family ko, pero may dumating po sa amin na blessing – ‘yung YouTube nga po nagkaroon ng direksyon yung buhay namin.
(So, my family had a hard time accepting him. I fought for my love for Jam in those first 3 years to my family, but a blessing soon came – our YouTube channel, which gave both Jam and my life direction.)
She continued: “Simula po noon, nag-live in na po kami ni Jam and gusto ko din i-clarify na si Jam po yung nagconvince sa akin na mag-live in po kami kasi iyon din po sa work namin and 24/7 po kaming magkasama. Parang may sinasabi na inagaw ko sa kanya yung anak nila, hindi po ganun. Si Jam po yung nag-convince.”
(Since then, Jam and I lived in together, and I want to clarify that Jam was the one who convinced me to live in with him because of work, and we were together 24/7. I think someone said that I was keeping Jam all to myself, but it’s not that way. Jam was the one who convinced me.)
She also clarified the issue about her and Jam having an argument over Jam’s ex-girlfriend visiting the hospital.
“‘Yung time po kasi na iyon, bago po mangyari yung araw na iyon, nung kinagabihan nagtanong sa akin yung mommy niya kung puwede mag-bisita. Hindi ko sinagot kasi wala naman sa akin iyon. Buti sana kung nandoon ako, okay lang walang kaso iyon kung gusto lang niya makita si Jam.”
(The night before it happened, his mom asked if his ex-girlfriend could visit. I didn’t respond because I did not mind [that she would visit]. It would have been better if I was there. It was okay, I had nothing against the visit if she wanted to see Jam.)
Mich added: “Ang nangyari po kasi nagkaroon ng misunderstanding. Umuwi po kasi ako tapos nasaktuhan na kung kailan wala ako doon po nila napapunta tapos hindi ako na-inform. “So medyo sumama ang loob ko kasi parang na sana may respeto na sabihin na pupunta siya nun kaya sumama po yung loob ko pero hindi ko minura si Jam. Nagalit lang ako nun. Nagbuhos lang ako ng sama ng loob nun.”
(What happened was a misunderstanding. I went home that time and coincidentally, that was the time they made her go and I wasn’t informed. So I really felt bad because I felt like it was common courtesy for them to inform the current girlfriend that an ex was coming over. I felt bad, but I didn’t curse at Jam. I was just mad. I poured out all of my negative feelings that time.)
Mich also said she wanted to address the bashers who called her a good-for-nothing girlfriend of Jam. (READ: Jamich’s love story, in Jam Sebastian’s own words)
“Gusto ko din i-klaro kasi lumalabas sa mga tao ngayon na parang napaka walang kuwenta kong girlfriend. Kami po ni Jam 24/7 kaming magkasama. Ang dami kong sinacrifice for him, like yung sa family ko na sobra kong vinavalue na hindi ko na masyadong nakakasama.”
(I also want to clarifythis because people have been saying that I’m a good-for-nothing girlfriend. Jam and I are together 24/7. I sacrificed a lot for him. I don’t even have a lot of time to bond with my family, the people I value the most.)
“Kasi may mga works din po akong tinatangihan kasi siyempre mas pinaprioritize ko si Jam. Umabot sa point na yung pag-poop niya, yung mga extremes niya sobra kong ginagawa ko for him.”
(And I have projects that I declined because I prioritized Jam. My extreme love for him reached a point where even when he poops, all these extremes, I did them all for him.)
She also clarified the issue that she allegedly continues to use the Jamich accounts to still earn money and to promote herself.
“Ngayon po nahirapan nga ako financially kasi nawalan po din ako ng work, kasi siyempre yung work ko po before is sa amin lang po ni Jam. ‘Yung sa Jamich page po, hindi ko na po hawak yun. Na-hack po siya, pero nagpopost pa rin ngayon kasi may madaming taong nag-akala na ako po yung nagpost. ‘Tas ginagamit ko daw yun para i-push ang sarili ko. Hindi po [yan totoo].”
(Now I’m having a difficult time financially because I am currently unemployed, because my work was only with Jam back then. I no longer post or control the things on the Jamich page. It was hacked, but there are still people who are posting because a lot of people think I’m still the one posting. Some even say that I use the page to promote my own self but that isn’t true.)
She further explained, “May ginawa na po akong sarili kong page para wala na pong masabi yung mga tao na ginagamit ko po (I even made my own page so that people won’t say that I’m still using it [for my own sake]).”
When asked about Maricar, Mich said she thought she and Maricar would continue their activities together, but instead Mich said Maricar changed after Jam was buried.
“Actually, bago po kaming maghiwa-hiwalay nung nilibing po si Jam, nasa isip ko po na magcocontinue yung pinagdadaanan namin before. Like parang aalis pa rin kami together, kakain sa labas, ganun, pero after that po bigla lang po nagchange, hindi ko alam kung bakit.”
(Actually before Maricar and I parted ways after the burial of Jam, I always thought that my bonding activities with Maricar would continue. For instance, when we would go out, eat out, but after that, she changed. I don’t know why.)
But she also said that she is open to talking with Maricar again.
She also dismissed the rumors that she is in a relationship with singer Neo Domingo.
“Wala, hindi po totoo. Hindi pa ako ready sa mga ganyan. Wala pong nanliligaw sa akin (No, it’s not true. I’m not ready for new relationships. No one is courting me).
Asked whether Neo was courting her, she said, “Hindi po, tropa lang po kami (No, we’re just friends).”
She also said that for now, she will focus on bonding with her family, because there are still times she still cries over Jam’s death and all that’s happened to her.
Previously, she preferred not to speak about the rumors thrown at her, but she felt that she needed to defend herself and speak the truth, she told Startalk.
Maricar spoke up in a separate interview with Startalk that aired April 25 where she revealed details of her conflict with Mich.
Jam died on March 4 following a year-long battle with lung cancer. He and fiancee Mich rose to fame as YouTube stars on their channel Jamich (Jam plus Mich), portraying relatable characters going through the different stages of relationships. (READ: Jam Sebastian’s mom Maricar: ‘Anak, maraming salamat’) – Rappler.com