Lovi Poe has been cornered and cannot escape—an interview, that is.
The recent (and controversial) news attaching itself lately to the young actress-singer has made Lovi the favorite target of write-ups. With Showbiz Central's "Don't Lie to Me" segment, it was time to set the record straight.
With showbiz interrogator John "Sweet" Lapus, the rules are simple: Strapped in a lie detector machine, Lovi will answer only "Yes" or "No." She must explain herself if she's caught lying. As entertainment, for every "Lie" result John will perform a short (and deadly) dance number for everyone.
Confident about these simple rules, Lovi settled herself on the comfortable chair attaching her to the machine. Her relaxed smile even turned into a grin when she heard the first question.
GLAM GIRLS. "Lovi," began Sweet, "sa pagkaaalam ko, na-dissolve na ba ang grupong Glam Girls sa Party Pilipinas dahil nga diumano'y may awayan between Heart Evangelista at Bianca King? Nakakaloka ito! Sa pagkakaalam mo lang, Lovi, madi-dissolve na ba ang Glam Girls?"
"No," answered Lovi.
The bewildered look on Lovi's face transformed into a smile after she saw Sweet's cool dance moves. Without breaking a sweat and sparing not a pause in breath, Sweet walked up to Lovi and asked, "Ano ba pagkakaalam mo? Tatlong linggo nang walang prod number ang Glam Girls?"
"Well, actually, I don't really know kung tapos na ang Glam Girls thing namin," admitted Lovi. "Wala pa naman sinasabi sa amin. Unless they give us a notice, that's when I can say na it is true. I think they are having a hard time with our schedules."
Can she say that there's a rift between Heart and Bianca?
"I respect both of them and I don't wanna..." Lovi trailed off. "I don't get to see them also."
MARK ANTHONY. The next question was about her and Mark Anthony Fernandez. Rumor has it that she was chosen by Mark to appear with him in Lovebug. However, Lovi supposedly got nervous about appearing with Mark and she backed out of the show. Is it true?
For the second time around, Lovi got free dance entertainment from Sweet. And the now-visibly tired Sweet playfully demanded an explanation for his "trouble."
"Hindi ko alam kung may personal kang galit sa akin," Sweet puffed. "Pinapagod mo ako! May offer ba talaga sa iyo na isang Lovebug episode?"
After the smile disappeared from her face, Lovi answered, "Yes, actually. We are doing Lovebug together. Hindi ako nag-backout."
ROCCO NACINO. The next question now was about StarStruck V Second Prince Rocco Nacino. Sweet asked, "Napansin kasi super close daw kayo ni Rocco at siya daw ang escort mo sa Cinemalaya Awards, kung saan ikaw ang nagwagi na Best Actress sa New Media category. Binigyan ka daw ng giant giraffe na stuffed toy na remembrance niya sa Palawan trip ninyo habang tine-taping ninyo ang Lovebug. Sa palagay mo, nanliligaw ba sa iyo si Rocco?"
"Uh, no," answered Lovi.
Before the result came out, Sweet made a big show of prepping up for another dance because he got the feeling it was going to be another lie.
Indeed, it was a LIE!
After dancing, Sweet confronted the laughing Lovi, and said, "Iniskortan ka, binigyan ka ng giraffe. Hindi pa ba panliligaw 'yon?"
"Aaminin ko na we're really close now," said Lovi. "We enjoy each other's company already. But then, I don't know if he is, and I don't want to confirm this."
"Well," the sweating Sweet added, "si Rocco na lang ang tatanungin natin. Nakakaloka. Lovi, na-perfect mo ang lie."
"Sorry!" exclaimed Lovi.
RONALD SINGSON. "Well, yaman din lamang na apologetic ka Lovi, ang susunod mong katanungan ay hindi na answerable by Yes or No. As much as I don't want to ask this question, e, pinag-uusapan ngayon sa news at lahat ng tao gusto malaman na bakit ka nasa Hong Kong during the arraignment of Cong. Ronald Singson? Boyfriend mo ba si Ronald?"
"This is who I am," said Lovi. "I am this kind of person and I am this kind of friend. He did something, I will tell you, but I will be right by your side to support you. This is who I am and ganito akong klaseng kaibigan.
"Whoever it is that is going through whatever, no matter how heavy or shallow it is, I will always be there because I grew up to be like that. I'll always be there for someone you really cherish."
So what does she feel about Ronald getting jail time? How does she feel as his "friend"?
"Actually, it is very hard to answer that right now because the first thing is that I don't think about it that much," said Lovi. "But then for me, hopefully maliwanagan na ang lahat ng tao sa totoong pangyayari, which I can't elaborate right now and he can't elaborate also right now. It's ongoing kasi."
So what's her message to Ronald?
"Well, he already knows that I'll always be there to support him," answered Lovi.