Heart Evangelista has finally claimed her independence—which, most people would agree, is long overdue.
However, it was not without a price.
Heart revealed that she has not yet spoken with her parents, Rey and Cecile Ongpauco, with whom she's had a rift for almost four months now.
PEP.ph (Philippine EntertainmentPortal) interviewed the lovely actress last Thursday, July 11 at Plana Forma Fitness Center, Centris Walk, Quezon Ave., Q. C.
Last March, Heart’s parents called a press conference and declared their disapproval over her current boyfriend, Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero.
Only this July, Heart announced that she bought her own house in Quezon City. That, she said, is her declaration of independence.
Heart is now doing things on her own—paying the bills, doing her groceries, and sometimes cooking her own food.
Being used to having someone to do everything for her, Heart confessed that she still freaks out sometimes as responsibilities that independence entails are new to her. But she now enjoys learning to stand on her own.
ONE DAY AT A TIME. Heart said that little by little, she is starting to get the hang of things now that she has her own place.
“There are times when I panic,” she confessed. “Like in the beginning, I had my money turned over, ganyan, and then may ganyang bills, tapos may overdue na bill, ‘Where do I start? How do I do this?’
“I went to the bank one day, I talked to the manager, she taught me everything. [May] mga notes-notes pa ako, ganyan.
“A day at a time. Mai-information overload ka lang, so a day at a time.
“Now I’m getting the hang of it. Alam ko na yung manager’s check, deposit slip.”
Heart knew that she should have tried to be independent long ago, but with over-protective parents and being sheltered most of her life, she didn’t have any idea how to make the first step.
“I didn’t really know how to face it. I also didn’t want to offend anybody. I’ve always been under my family and they’ve always been… parang they always decided for me, but you know, there’s just a day [when] you wake up and you really want to grow. You wanna know the answers to certain questions that they can’t explain.
“You have to go and find out for yourself. Masaya,” she said with pride in her eyes.
NO LONGER HOLDING BACK. “No, I’m not afraid,” Heart immediately replied when asked if she felt afraid in the beginning when she had to make decisions by herself.
“Actually, it’s too easy for me to decide now because I know what I want. I’ve known what I’ve wanted ever since. I’m not scared [just] because other people are scared for me.”
In the past, she explained, the only thing holding her back in making decisions was that her loved ones were always worried she would make the wrong choices.
“I’m not naman talaga scared, I’m like, when I want to do this, do it! I decide right away.
“Now that I’m on my own, ‘Okay, I’ll do it!’ And it’s not that bad, you know.”
Heart did not always make the right choices. She had her share of disappointment and heartbreak from decisions that led to painful results. But after crying over a disappointment, she said, she'd get back on her feet and charge it to experience.
WORKING AT HER OWN PACE. Heart knows her showbiz career like the back of her hand, so, not much adjustment is necessary.
The 28-year-old actress is busy shooting her upcoming film, which also stars Derek Ramsay, Cristine Reyes, and John Estrada.
On TV, Heart is a co-host of the weekly infotainment show iBilib, together with basketball star Chris Tiu. She also co-hosts the Sunday variety show, Sunday All Stars, both in GMA-7.
Heart has no teleserye at present but she doesn't mind it because she wants a break for now.
“I haven’t really had time with myself ever since I was managed by my mom.
“I don’t mind the break,” she stressed.
Heart's last teleserye was the GMA-7 afternoon soap, Forever (January to April 2013), with Gloria Romero and Geoff Eigenmann.