Former actress Camille Roxas wants out of an abusive relationship.
Talking to Showbiz Central host Pia Guanio yesterday, November 4, Camille painstakingly revealed her ordeal in the hands of her wealthy live-in partner from Masbate.
According to the initial reports, Camille packed her bags and fled with her child to escape the intolerable physical and emotional abuse inflicted on her from time to time by her lover.
"Actually," she began reluctantly, "... no, let's do it this way na lang... nabugbog-sarado na rin siguro ako sa sobrang pagtrato."
Groping for words, Camille struggled to answer Pia's direct question on whether she was indeed a victim of domestic battering.
"Ano ‘yon e, siguro 'yong physical abuse na sinasabi nila, parang ang dating no'n, e, siguro parang part na 'yon ng pagiging mag-asawa ninyo kung tawagin o mag-partner. So yung sa akin kasi, mas gugustuhin ko yung i-physical mo ko kesa 'yong pakonti-konti mo 'kong... 'yong kahit anong gawin mo, walang kuwenta. Hindi, siyempre, di ba, sabihin na natin hindi mo naman akong kinuhang galing sa kung ano lang. Kumbaga sa ano, artista mo akong nakilala, e," she mumbled in apparent confusion.
ORDEAL. Camille eventually loosened up. Little by little, she revealed the intricate details that made her decide to flee the relationship.
"Tinutulak ka 'tapos pagsasalitaan ka ng kung ano-ano," she said slowly, beginning to open up.
"Hindi ko maintindihan talaga...kasi ibinigay mo naman lahat. Lahat, 'yong ugali ko before na, di ba, ang taray-taray ko. Sabihin mo na may mga bad attitude ako, para lang manahimik ang life ko... Akala ko, simpleng buhay na nga lang ang pinili ko."
Feeling inadequate despite all of her efforts to be a good partner, Camille sobbed, "Hindi pa makuntento sa lahat ng ginagawa mo. Lahat ng ipinapakita mo, hindi mo alam kung saan ka talaga dapat lulugar."
This was not the first time that the former actress, known for her sex appeal, walked away from the relationship. She would come back whenever her boyfriend pleaded with her and even promised her manager that he would mend his ways.
"Nakipag-balik[an] ako for the sake na may bata. So akala ko, everything would be okay again. ‘Yon pala sa umpisa lang 'tapos nandodoon na naman. 'Tapos siyempre, tiisin mo na, pinanindigan mo na, nag-promise na din ako sa manager ko," said Camille.
But no matter how stubbornly she tried to tolerate everything, Camille's emotional and physical endurance caved in and she decided that she had enough.
"Sabi ko sa manager ko, hindi ko na talaga kaya, uwi na lang ako. Much better na lang siguro 'yong kasama ko 'yong anak ko kesa 'yong ginaganito ako pakonti-konti. Tinititiis ko naman lahat, ibinibigay ko naman ang lahat," cried Camille.
Despite the bitter separation and her firm insistence that there would be no reconciliation this time, Camille said that she won't drive a wedge between her child and her ex-beau.
UNWELCOME. Not getting married was her choice, said Camille, although she vaguely hinted that her boyfriend's family disapproved of her. And so, she had doubts about formalizing the union.
"Mahirap ‘yong you keep on pleasing this person or... ang father walang problema, e. Pini-please ko naman nang pini-please e. Hindi ko nga maintindihan bakit gano'n na lang ba ang tingin sa ‘yo," said Camille, once again struggling to explain the situation.
Having grown up with a surrogate mother, Camille desired nothing but to be accepted by the mother of the person she loved.
"Sabik ako sa nanay dahil lumaki ako, iba ang nanay ko. So, sabi ko, baka this time ‘pag nag-asawa ako nang seryoso, tatanggapin ako ng nanay, may nanay ako."
That did not happen.
"So, hindi mo naramdaman na tinanggap ka ever?" asked Pia.
"Hindi," answered Camille. "Sa tatay na lang ako nakaramdam. Kaya lang, since nag-pass away [died] na 'yong tatay niya, parang nawalan na ako ng kakampi."
Would she file a case against her abuser?
"No na," she replied to Pia's question. "Ang gusto ko lang naman is, let me go,' tapos kung gusto mong makita 'yong anak mo, anytime kahit hindi na tayong dalawa. Enough na."