Jennylyn Mercado just let out a laugh when told about Regal Entertainment matriarch Lily Monteverde's remarks to the press calling her a "tiyanak" for allegedly snubbing the press conference of the horror flick Tiyanaks.
Mother Lily was said to be slighted when Jennylyn failed to show up at the press conference because she chose to be with boyfriend Patrick Garcia instead.
"'Yung time na ‘yon, meron akong commitment. Meron akong work nung araw na ‘yon and araw-araw nakaka-receive ako ng schedule. Pero that time, wala akong na-receive na schedule for the press con. Sabi rin ng handler ko, ‘Wala naman, e'... And ako, ginagawa ko lang din ang trabaho ko," Jennylyn told Showbiz Central host John Lapus last July 1.
As it turned out, Jennylyn already talked to the beloved producer and explained her side, which according to her has nothing to do with Patrick or any personal reasons.
"Nakapag-usap na po kami ni Mother kasi nagkaroon po ako ng solo press con for Tiyanaks and okay na naman po kami. Nagkausap-usap naman kami and alam niya na rin po 'yung totoong dahilan kung ba't wala ako nung press con."
Despite clearing the issue, Jennylyn still couldn't escape being asked about her reaction on some people's perception that Patrick has a negative effect on her, both personally and in her career.
"Hindi naman. We're good for each other. Normal naman na nagkakaroon ng mood swings or minsan wala sa mood. Pero hindi e, hindi lagi. Siguro naabutan lang nila na ganun, pero never naming ipinakita na hindi kami magandang impluwensya sa isa't isa," defended the young actress.
"Huwag n'yo na lang isipin ‘yon. Kasi si Pat, ang laki din ng natulong sa akin, sa ugali ko. Naging patient ako... madami, ang dami talaga," she added.