Three decades since she became the Regine Velasquez, the singer-actress says she is pretty much the same.
“Tumanda lang, nagkaasawa at nagkaanak.
“Pero hindi yung feel na feel ko na ganito ako or what.
“Pag na-obsess ka kasi sa fame, mahirap.
“Mabuti na lang, I have my parents and my family to thank.
“Sila yung kapag nakikita ko, nakakalimutan ko na nasa showbiz ako,” she told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in a short interview at the Manila leg of The Clash auditions.
During her chat with a small group of entertainment press, she said, "Kasi never ko namang inisip na sumikat ako to begin with.
“Oo, [yung] para bang pag maglalakad ka sa mall, ‘Sikat ako.’
"I think for me, it was a job, it was my dream.
"And I was thankful that I got it.
"Yun yung kabataan ko...Hindi ko inisip [yung fame], e.”
Her dad Mang Gerry and Mommy V "weren’t very strict pero they kept my feet on the ground.”
To do that, they made sure Regine would "switch off" fame whenever she’s home.
"It also helped that I lived in Bulacan. Oo, seriously.
"Kasi pag umuuwi akong Bulacan, parang office ko yung Manila. Oo, parang office ko yung Manila.
"Pag umuuwi ako, hindi na ako si Regine. Wala na yun, tapos na, ganun lang.
"So parang nagbigay sa akin ng reality check, nagbigay sa akin ng normalcy, you know…
"Kasi alam mo, yung fame, medyo nakakahilo yun, e.
"I would imagine…una, kung lahat ng nakapaligid sa iyo, yun ang nakikita mo.
"Nasa Manila ka, e, di ba? Parang ang hirap, e.
"Buti na lang taga-Bulacan ako 'tapos pintasera pa yung kapatid ko.”
She was referring to her younger sister Cacai, who, according to Regine, would usually tell her, "Hindi ka masydaong magaling," when they were growing up.
Regine has two more sisters, Diane and Deca, plus a brother, her Kuya Jojo.
NO TO STRESS. In one of her previous interviews, she talked candidly about her fading stardom.
"I am very aware of where I am now in this industry.
“Alam ko na hindi na kagaya noong dati.
“Hindi na ako yung sikat, alam ko na yun…
“Nandito na ako sa age na ganun, pababa na talaga.
“Accepted ko na yun.”
But instead of stressing herself out, she chooses to count the remaining blessings that the industry has for her.
"I am very happy. I feel very blessed that even after thirty years, I’m still here.
"I’m still able to have a concert, I’m still given the chance to host a big contest such as The Clash.”
She admitted to feeling the pressure in the past, especially before her concerts, and constantly asked herself, “May manonood ba?”
She elaborated, “Napapanaginipan ko, walang manonood ng concert ko.
“Ganun yung mga panaginip ko. Never akong overconfident na, 'Bongga ito,' gano’n."
Things changed after she became Mrs. Ogie Alcasid.
“Ngayon na I’m older, I’m more realistic.
“I accepted the fact that I am older, at saka more than anything else, I’m a wife, I’m a mom.”
She added in jest, “Yun na yung priority ko, so hindi ko na masyadong naiisip na supermodel ako, you know.”
She’s not in the least bothered by getting "laos?"
“For thirty years, parang, okay na yun.
“Dati nga hindi ko naisip na sikat ako, ngayon pa na hindi na ako sikat, iisipin ko pa… parang mas weird,” she said laughing.
JUST ENJOY. If there’s one thing that sometimes worries her: “I’ve been having problems with my voice."
She said, "After you give birth, talagang all sorts of problems, you'll get. Kasi ganun ang babae, hormones.”
But this made her even more passionate about her singing.
"Kasi meron akong struggle.
"Dati kasi parang binubuka ko lang yung bibig ko, parang ang dali lang.
"Kahit yata tulog ako, wala lang.
"Pero ngayon hindi ganun kadali, kasi as you get older, humihirap din kumanta, e.
"Pero mas nakikita mo yung passion, mas ramdam ko yung passion.
"‘Tapos pag nakikita kong nag-i-enjoy yung audience, mas ramdam ko siya ngayon.
“Ngayon, mas enjoy ko lang kumanta."
And here’s her takeaway after more than 30 years of singing: "All I have to do lang pala really para hindi ka ma-burn out is to just enjoy it.
"You’re supposed to enjoy it.
"It’s singing. Yung job na binabayaran ka ‘tapos you love what you’re doing, di ba?"