Roxanne Barcelo now calls herself Roxee B in keeping with her transformation into a sexy singer-actress.
Aside from her image makeover, her personal life has also taken a 180-degree turn when she committed to actor-model Will Devaughn.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) caught up with Roxee for an update on her career and love life at the press launch and fashion show of Viva Psicom’s Bare Magazine last Thursday, September 25, at the Eclipse Lounge of Solaire Resort and Casino.
CHANGES. First off, a bad break-up triggered her resolve her to re-do herself starting with a trip to the salon.
"Nagkaroon ako ng bad break up years ago. Siguro pag may pinagdaanan kang break…parang yung typical, nag-chop ako ng buhok.
"Parang agad-agad kang magpupunta ng salon tapos pagugupitan mo yung buhok mo."
And then it hit her, "Na-realize ko parang wala pala akong plano para sa sarili ko.
"Pag nangyari pala yun, parang, 'Oh no! Ano'ng gagawin ko?'"
She turned inward to find herself again, "Nag-soul searching ulit ako, hinanap ko ulit yung sarili ko.
"Bumalik ako sa childhood dream ko at eto, eto pala yun."
She meant, of course, her career in showbiz as both actress and singer.
FRIENDZONED. It was after Roxee decided to take charge of her life that a new love blossomed. However, Roxee said it was definitely not love at first sight when he met Will Devaughn.
"Una kaming nag-meet nung nanalo ako ng Best Children’s Show Host. It was for Star Awards," she recalled.
"That night nakapag-usap kami nang masinsinan as friends, friendzone muna!" she joked.
On a more serious note, she continued, “Matagal bago kami mapunta sa next level. It took a while.
"Hanggang magkaibigan muna kami and nakilala niya ako, nakilala ko siya.
"Hindi kami nagpaplastikan, no best foot forward."
Photo courtesy of Instagram (@roxannebarcelo)
NOT JUDGMENTAL. For Roxee, Will probably is the most non-judgmental person she has ever met.
She said, "Very open siya sa mga dreams na gusto ko marating, at ako rin open ako sa mga gusto niyang marating.
"More on balanced life ang gusto namin."
Although he has been an understanding boyfriend, especially about her career decision, Roxee said Will cared enough to admit his apprehension about her move to change her image.
"Nung una nag-aalala siya, sabi niya, 'Sure ka ba? Kasi once na pinasok mo 'yan, tuloy-tuloy na yung ganyang route, hindi ka na pwedeng bumalik.'"
She listened and started examining her decision, "So sa pagtatanong niya na yun napag-isip-isip rin ako.
"Nung nakapag-isip na ako, sinabi niya, 'Kung ano man yung desisyon mo, susuportahan kita.'
"He’s open-minded and very accepting of what I wanna do. Yun yung attitude niya towards what I do.
"Sobrang supportive siya, he's so encouraging.
"Si Will sobrang positive niyang tao at nakakahawa yung positivity niya."
Photo courtesy of Instagram (@wildevaughn)
LIKE MINDED. According to Roxee, her relationship with Will has grown stronger because they both want the same thing,
"Tugma yung personality namin.
"I'm just appreciative of who he is as a person," said the singer-actress."
Important too to the two of them is their spiritual life, that they share the same faith and beliefs.
"It’s more of spirituality, becoming closer to our creator and becoming a better person. Mas yun yung pinag-uusapan namin," she put forward.
Will is also her confidante, "Natutulungan niya ako first-hand kung ano yung mga worries ko minsan as an actress or as a singer... nagda-doubt ako minsan."
MARRIAGE PLANS? Are they ready to settle down anytime soon?
“When the time is right pero sa ngayon hindi pa talaga cause we’re both seeking our dreams, we’re following our hearts.
"Pero 'andito naman kami para sa isat-isa and alam ko he’s a very balanced person.
"So meron siyang time for me, for work and for himself.
"So yun lang din yung pina-follow kong pattern, balanced life.
"Mahal na mahal ko si Will sobra.
"At nararamdaman ko rin na we have an equal understaning.
"Equal yung pagmamahal namin sa isa’t isa.