Rustom Padilla came back from a three-month stay in the U.S. last Thursday, January 15. Rustom, who studied modeling
in New York, surprised Startalk at
the airport with his feminine classy look and ramp-model bearing.
got hold of Rustom, the first thing they asked was whether airport officials had
any difficulty distinguishing him and his passport photo.
"Medyo," smiled Rustom. "Pero hindi naman. Pero,
pinapapunta muna nila ako sa foreigners, so, sabi ko na Pilipino ako. They just
asked me to take off my shades. I think natutuwa sila na makita ako. Ma'am ang
tawag sa akin so, I feel like a woman."
Rustom has taken his sexual preference to a new level by changing his name to suit his lifestyle.
"I'm a woman, so, call me Bebe [pronounced, "bibi"],"
the artist known as Rustom Padilla told Startalk.
"I'd really appreciate it if you call me Bebe. Rustom's not here. Bebe's here,
she's alive and kicking! Bebe's a character that people are gonna watch and I'm
gonna portray...so, Bebe's here to stay."
Bebe is short for Binibining Gandanghari, and it's a
role Rustom definitely wants to portray.
"That's my name," Bebe said. "She is a God-fearing,
loving lady. I am a woman. I am a woman. Bebe's a woman...Emotionally, physically,
biologically, spiritually, psychologically, socially..." at this point, Bebe's
seriousness faded and he quipped, "Ano pa ang gusto mo, financially?"
Though a lot has changed in Bebe's overall physique,
he didn't comment on whether he was drinking estrogen pills or has undergone
any operation. At this time, he can be proud of his vital statistics. "I think
it's 35-26-35," he said.
Will Bebe's family react once he sees them?
"I'm sure everything will be fine," said Bebe. "Wala
naman akong sinasaktan na tao. Wala naman akong ginagawang masama. I do my own
decisions and as long as I know that it is responsible, I'm only asking for
WALKING THE RAMP
AT STARTALK. Bebe
guests today live at Startalk to talk
about his plans now that he's back home. Startalk's
Butch Francisco gives a welcome remark ("Long live, Bebe!") as Bebe goes
onstage to give the viewers a taste of New York style modeling.
Once seated, Joey de Leon immediately went for the
"Question": Has he undergone a sex change operation?
"I'd rather not comment about it sa mga panahon na
ito," Bebe said. "So, I hope napagbibigyan n'yo ako doon."
But for now, is Bebe willing to undergo a sex
"That's a hard decision, so I'd rather not talk
about it," said Bebe. "I'm in the middle of everything."
Did he decline now to have it?
Lolit interjected, "Bakit Bebe? Parang bibi na
Bebe laughed and explained, "Actually, my full name
is Binibining Gandanghari. So, my nickname is Bebe."
Joey, who mused about Bebe's full name, asked,
"Bakit Gandanghari, Bebe? Bakit hindi Dalawanghari or Isanghari? Or bakit hindi
"I was born with it," quipped Bebe.
YORK STINT. Bebe
related how big the preparation was in his travel and study in New York. "I
used to be big before," he explained, referring to his body structure. "So,
physically, I had training and did a lot of Pilates para lang mag-change ang
structure ko. And then, may training din sa modeling para matuto yung
paglalakad. It's not easy."
By the looks of it, Bebe definitely succeeded in his
goal since he is no longer recognizable as Rustom Padilla—the handsome
dramatic actor who was formerly married to actress Carmina Villaroel and
brother to action star Robin Padilla.
So, what made Rustom change his name to Bebe?
Bebe simply said, "Because I'm not Rustom...I'm Bebe."
"Because, hindi ba parang katawa-tawa naman kung
pangalan ko ay Rustom?" laughed Bebe.
During his time in New York, did Bebe take any
drugs or medication to make him look more feminine?
"Not yet," Bebe said. "Everything was done
naturally. So, yeah..."
could no longer contain her curiosity and blurted out that Bebe looked like
"Alam mo, ganito ‘yan," began Lolit, "pag nagkita
kayo ni Zoren Legaspi at nakita niya na kamukhang-kamukha mo si Carmina? Paano
‘yan pag ligawan ka niya?"
"Sabihin ko sa kanya, bumalik siya sa asawa niya,"
"Ayaw mo kay Zoren?" asked Lolit.
Bebe laughed. "Hindi, gusto ko,
silang dalawa. They have to be together and they'll live happily ever after.
That's my wish for them."
So, if ever Bebe falls in love with an
actor, who would it be?
"Shy ako," gushed Bebe. "But, you know what,
siyempre yung gusto mo yung someone responsible. Someone who'll inspire you."
If Bebe would do a Zoren Legaspi-directed film with
Carmina Villaroel, what roles would he and
"Sisters na lang," laughed Bebe.
BEBE'S LOVE AND
FAMILY LIFE. Is there anything romantic happening right now in
"Hindi pa, e," said Bebe. "Secret muna. I'd rather
not comment about it because it's not happening yet. Nasa stage pa lang na I'm
not even sure."
However, since Bebe's writing a tell-all book, would
he include his love life?
"Ah, matagal pa ‘yan, matagal pa," said Bebe. "Two
Lolit asked, "isusulat mo din ba ang nakarelasyon mo
na hunk actor?"
"Well, wala akong nakarelasyon na hunk actor,"
smiled Bebe. "Again, you might be referring to Rustom. I'm not Rustom."
How did Bebe's family react when he said that Rustom
was dead and Bebe is here to stay?
"Hindi pa nila nakikita si Bebe," Bebe said. "Wala
pa. Bebe's here to stay."
Bebe's mom Eva Padilla has said that she wasn't happy about Bebe's choice.
"Wala na tayong magagawa doon. So, tanggap na namin siya. Noong una, hindi ko
kaya pero kahit hindi ako happy, wala akong magagawa."
Mommy Eva however, had only advice for her Bebe.
"Kahit na siya ganoon, huwag niya gagawin yung labag
sa Diyos. Nangako naman siya."
Bebe, who got the message, said "I hope she'll be
happy. Rest assured, I'll be a good girl."
What did Mommy Eva mean by, "Huwag ka lang gagawa
ng labag sa Diyos"?
"Well, siguro feeling niya, when you're in this kind
of life," explained Bebe, "you tend to be promiscuous. You tend to be sexually
active. That's not the case. I value relationships, and I value yung connection
ng tao. And I don't think it's bad."
Does Bebe have any plans about settling down in the
"I don't wanna grow old alone," Bebe said. "That's
Bebe said that he wanted to be like his fashion icon Audrey Hepburn. Locally, he
looks up to Melanie Marquez, another modeling icon.
"Kung mayroon akong ina-admire, e, dahil sa fashion
sense. E, Melanie Marquez," said Bebe. "She's a very good model."
IN CAREER. Now that Bebe's back, what does he have in store for
"Marami," said Bebe. "They will see her on stage,
TV, in movies."
In TV, will he appear as Bebe?
"Yes!" smiled Bebe.
Right now, is Bebe missing anything about Rustom
"Wala," she said. "Rustom lived a full life, an
honest life. I'm very happy now, that's all I can say."
Now that Rustom is long gone, what does Bebe have to
say to the public?
Bebe calmly said, "Life is short, and do
not be afraid to be who you are and what you are because that's the only way to
happiness. Only God can see your heart, and that's the most important thing."
To watch video of Zoren and Carmina greeting Bebe, visit PEParazzi or click here .