Where is Maine Mendoza?
Ever since the phenomenal star wrote an open letter to her fans, the young actress has been laying low.
Maine has been absent from the noontime show Eat Bulaga! since November 28.
Her last public appearance was at a smartphone launch last December 1, and her last tweet was also on the same day, regarding the rescheduling of an endorsement event.
She was also noticeably absent at the Preview Best Dressed Ball 2017, held last night, December 4.
Maine was among the magazine's best dressed, and the cover girl for Preview's December 2017-January 2018 issue.
It can be recalled that fans were asked to choose among three cover layouts to determine which one will make it to print.
Two days ago, Preview unveiled the winning cover, which featured the close-up of Maine clad in a Marc Jacobs long-sleeved, gold-sequined mini-dress.
As the 22-year-old star remains silent, fans and the public can only speculate on how Maine is doing.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) gleans from the young actress's book, Yup, I Am That Girl, to understand where she was coming from when she wore her heart on her sleeve and decided to publish that open letter to her fans.
It's hard to believe that she has only been in showbiz for two short years.
The then-20-year-old Maine was catapulted to stardom with what was a homemade video uploaded on Facebook just for fun.
But what happened next was nothing short of miraculous, as Maine's life did a drastic 180-degree-turn: from being an introvert who only dreamed of seeing herself on billboards to being cast as part of Eat Bulaga! to being one-half of a phenomenal love team that took the TV, movie, print, and advertising worlds by storm.
That's why it is understandable how every thing could have become unbearable for the showbiz rookie. As she confessed in her open letter:
"I need to be honest, I am at this point where I feel like I live in a box.
"I have not been able to do what I want and say what I feel because every time I try to express my thoughts and feelings, some of you tend to misapprehend and invalidate them in so many ways."
KNOWING WHAT SHE WAS GETTING INTO. Maine, who has also been maintaining her blog since 2010, revealed in her book that she knew part of her freedom was diminished the minute she became a public figure.
In Chapter 5 of Yup, I Am That Girl, Maine wrote, "As a blogger for five years before officially joining the showbiz industry, I was used to writing and posting whatever I wanted.
"I made my blog a personal diary that’s open for everybody.
"I used to think, 'Oh, no worries, these people [my readers] do not know me personally. I could talk about anything and open up, and nobody would care.'
"But that was before. Nowadays, it’s sad that I don’t get to update my blog often. Aside from not having enough time to write an entry, I think it would be better if I keep some things and opinions to myself."
The young star is also aware that whatever she posts can have an impact to her followers, and can be subject to different interpretations. Maine considers this to be both a boon and a bane.
She wrote, "One major advantage and disadvantage of being an online sensation is whatever I post and say matter.
"At this very moment, whatever I write and post online can have a significant impact to a certain degree.
"I can be a good influence to others, especially to young individuals who look up to me.
"If I post something about having a positive outlook, people who are struggling inside can be motivated and inspired to look on the bright side of life.
"Inversely, I can also affect them negatively if I post something bad. Whatever I say could have either a positive or negative effect on people, which is why I try to be careful with what I post."
From this self-aware revelation, we can surmise that Maine thought well and hard before publishing her open letter.
The young actress felt the burden of sharing her thoughts and feelings to the public, including to some who may take her words the wrong way.
In her book, she revealed why she has decided to keep some of her writing private.
"I noticed that some people overanalyze the things I write and it produces unnecessary issues and problems.
"I don’t want people to misinterpret my feelings and sentiments, so I thought it would best to write and keep them in my private documents."
It must have been a big step for the self-confessed introvert to pour her heart out on her open letter.
Maine chose the courageous route and hit the publish button anyway.
She wrote on her blog entry, "Pero sabi nga nila, speak the truth even if your voice shakes."
But, just like her observation of people misinterpreting her sentiments, the backlash to her open letter came.
Two days later, Maine published this tweet:
You are all right. I deserve all the hate in the world because I am such a coward and a selfish little brat. I get it and I understand..— Maine Mendoza (@mainedcm) November 27, 2017
Is Maine listening to her own advice, weathering this storm that she will surely come out from in time?