Jessy Mendiola on moving on after airplane incident, forgiving detractors
MANILA, Philippines – Jessy Mendiola said that she's forgiven her online bashers and is trying to move on from the airplane incident that happened in September.
In an interview with Pep.ph, Jessy said, “There are moments na hindi [ako maka-move on] (I can't move on). I’m not going to lie. There are moments na siyempre (of course) you’re down, you’re depressed."
Although's she's not totally fine, Jessy said in the same interview that she's trying to be: "But when you think of happy things, when you think of your blessings, and when you think things happened for a reason, you learn how to accept it and you learn to grow up. I can’t say I'm totally fine, but I can say I am getting better.”
It was previously reported that Enrique Gil was intoxicated on a plane ride from Manila to London on September 4. This caused him to harass Jessy, prompting actor Luis Manzano to step in. (READ: Jake Cuenca mum on Enrique Gil's rumored bad behavior on London flight)
Enrique has since apologized for the incident. Jessy's former boyfriend, JM de Guzman, challenged Enrique to a fight on Instagram a week after the apology, but deleted it soon after. At the press conference for Banana Sundae, Jessy confirmed that she and JM have broken up. (READ: Jessy Mendiola confirms breakup with JM de Guzman)
Sometime after what happened on the plane, Jessy posted cryptic messages on Instagram that people took to be about the incident. Critics on those posts said what she was overreacting and wanted attention, causing Jessy's mom, Didith Garvida, to defend her.
After the Banana Sundae press conference on November 5, Jessy thanked her family, friends, and management for their support.
“[Nagpapasalamat ako] sa management, sa Star Magic sa handler ko, sa mga tao sa paligid ko, pamilya ko, mga kaibigan ko, sila lahat nagsasabi sa akin na (I'm grateful towards my management, my handler, to the people around me, my family, my friends, they all tell me), 'We believe in you. Even you don’t believe in yourself, we do.' So that’s how strong they believe in me, na ako din parang naniniwala na din ako sa sarili ko (so even I believe in myself too),” she told reporters at the event.
On those who hurt her, Jessy said, "I mean, you can really forgive but you can't forget."
"'Pag may nangyari sa 'yo na sobrang sama, traumatizing, hindi mo agad-agad malelet-go yun. So kung sinong naagrabyado, you have to give her time to heal na hanggang sa totally masasabi mo na 'Oo, ok na ko.' Pero ngayon talaga 'pag naalala ko talaga yung nangyari – pero nasa moving on process na ko, hayaan mo nalang sila, kasi wala na naman kami ibang option."
(When something happens to you that's really bad, traumatic, you can't let go of it right away. So whoever is aggrieved, you have to give one time to heal until you can totally say 'Yes, I'm okay.' But right now, when I remember what happened – but I'm in the moving on process already, leave them alone, because there's no other option.) – with reports from Vernise L. Tantuco/Rappler.com