Kid love to play, watch television shows, and eat. They enjoy going to school.
In this respect, Darren Espanto was a typical kid until he made it to the grand final of the first The Voice Kids Philippines, which led to his fame as a rising music artist in local entertainment.
In this exclusive interview, Darren shared with Pep.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) aspects of his life before he became popular.
He began, “Si Darren po noon nakakapunta sa regular school and nakakagala, yung normal lang po.
“Both my parents are working po.
“I stayed home with my little sister and played games on my Xbox, and I liked to watch TV and create music on my iPad.”
All that changed after The Voice Kids Philippines.
As much as Darren would like to go to a regular school, he is now home schooled because of his busy schedule.
“I am home schooled right now. Hindi na po ako nakakalakwatsa po.”
FAMILY SACRIFICE. Unfortunately, fame makes it necessary for Darren to stay in the Philippines, which means his mom has to endure the separation from his father and sister in Canada as she has to watch over him.
“Of course, we have to be separated po, me and my mom from my sister and my dad.”
But on the upside, “Isa po yun sa motivations ko po and inspirations kasi iniisip ko din po yung ginagawa nila, ng pamilya ko, yung mga sacrifices nila.”
When there’s a chance to spend some time with his family when they visit, Darren relates, “We go out of town and resorts po. And sa mga restaurants na hindi marami yung tao.”
Even when Darren came second to The Voice Kids Philippines champ Lyca Gairanod, he gained a lot of support from his fans around the world.
“Ang bilis po ng mga pangyayari after The Voice Kids.
“I didn’t imagine that this is how many people support me, not just here in the Philippines, but worldwide na din po.”
“Salamat po sa support pero pag may nagbabash, I’ll just shake it off.
“Pero salamat po talaga sa support.”