Sarah Geronimo became the brightest star of her generation without having to purposely generate much media attention. She usually shied away from controversies, and chose the path of silence.
In an exclusive interview with YES! magazine, her mother—more popularly known as Mommy Divine—explained, "Hangga't maaari, ayaw namin masama sa mga ganyan. Marami kaming dapat ipagpasalamat sa Diyos kaya kung kayang huwag pansinin, huwag na lang..."
But the mom of the Pop Princess made an exception on the Rayver Cruz-Cristine Reyes brouhaha. She did not just issue a statement, but granted a four-hour interview and gave her daughter the go-signal to talk about her "first real" heartbreak.
Most PEPsters expected this. Sarah, despite her superstar status, is human after all. She could be happy and fall in love. She could be sad and feel heartbroken.
When PEP put out the topic "Ano ang masasabi mo sa revelation ni Sarah Geronimo sa YES! magazine?"—24.51% clicked the choice, "Nagulat ako."
Reviewing the more than 800 comments, the shock factor was on the reasons that caused Sarah so much pain—Rayver Cruz's "panloloko," Cristine Reyes's "Twitter rage," and her mom's parenting style. For the latter, a lot of readers flew in the face of Mommy Divine: "Let Sarah live a normal life."
33.33% of the voters had not finished reading the article at the time the poll ended.
Meanwhile, a few editors were not too happy. As Jojo Gabinete pointed out in his blog "Cabinet Files" in PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal), "May mga miyembro ng entertainment press na na-disappoint nang mabasa nila na walang reporter na pinapayagan ang mga magulang na maging malapit sa kanilang anak. Na dini-discourage nila ang personal relationship sa pagitan ni Sarah at ng entertainment writers.…"
VIVA, which has been managing the career of the Kapamilya actress-singer, was supposedly not very keen about the revelations of its most prized talent. One of their fears was that it might overshadow the publicity for Sarah's upcoming movie with Gerald Anderson.
Different opinions arose from the topic, but one thing that's very clear: The Pop Princess had quite a story to tell, and the public wanted to hear it.