In an S-Files live interview yesterday, December 17, Rustom Padilla said:
“Naramdaman ko yung truth will set you free. Ngayon kahit saan ka magpunta, wala ka nang pakialam sa kanila [other people]. Nawala yung takot na humarap sa maraming tao at mag-isip kung ano ba yung iniisip nila sa akin. Yun ang pinakamalaking nangyari sa akin mula nun. Wala ka nang ginagawang bagay para lang ma-please mo yung ibang tao. Maa-appreciate ka dahil wala kang tinatago.”
He was also asked by host Richard Gomez how his family has taken his public announcement. Rustom belongs to a family of "macho" or "brusko" men. The actor said: “Ok naman. Nagpapakiramdaman kami. I feel their support.”
Asked if it is true that his brother Robin (the most famous of the Padilla brothers) deliberately keeps mum about this, Rustom said: “Dapat nating ibigay kay Robin yun. Siyempre sarili kong business to e. Much as gusto niyang mag-react, pero buntot ko hila ko e. Kung ano man mga desisyon ko sa buhay ko, responsibilidad ko yun. Ganun din si Robin. Nirerespeto ko siya at sana i-respeto din niya ako. I try to be responsible. The biggest change is that now I’m more responsible sa mga actions ko.”
He continued: “It’s a very personal thing. As much as possible, mahirap pag-usapan yung mga ganitong bagay, pero I take this opportunity para kung may ibang tao na nakikinig who are in the same situation I was before. For them to realize that there is something better. Sana may natututunan.”
Rustom also belied earlier reports that he underwent collagen implant on his lips for his role as Ada in the Metro Manila Filmfest entry Zsa Zsa Zaturnah. He said: “Wala. Hindi pa naman ako umaabot sa ganung punto.”
Talking about his weight-loss regimen, he said: “Kaya ako nagpapayat, alam kong yung character ni Ada, bakla from pagkabata. Babae talaga ang puso niya e. Sabi ko, hindi siya pwedeng magka-muscle. Tinry kong i-achieve yung body na talagang slender.”
He also said no to sex change: “Ang pagiging gay is an orientation. Either you act straight or you’re a bisexual. I’m very very happy with my body. Wala akong gustong baguhin."
At one point, referring to the genitalia, he said, "Puwede bang sabihin ito dito? Pero sabi nila nawawala yung 'sensation' pag nagpa-sex change."
He added, "Wag naman magagalit yung ibang transsexuals dahil alam ko yung pinanggagalingan nila. Ang pagiging babae kasi is beyond the physical. It’s more than that. Magpapalit ka man [ng ari,] kung ang puso mo lalake, lalake ka pa rin. Kung ano yung nasa puso mo, yun ang pinaka-importante.”
After Zsa Zsa Zaturnah, Rustom will have his hands full once again as he is set to film Happy Hearts, where he will be working with Wendell Ramos. He once said in an interview that Wendell is good-looking, and since then there have been writeups saying he had a "crush" on the fellow.
“Tinanong kung ano ang masasabi ko kay Wendell. Sabi ko guwapo si Wendell. Ganun [crush] na ba yun?” he says, smiling.
About his love life, Rustom said, still smiling: “Wala pa. Hindi pa siguro ako ready. Hindi pa siguro panahon. Pinapakiramdaman ko pa rin lahat ng bagay ngayon e. Iniintindi ko pa yung mga desisyong ginawa ko these past few months.”
Rustom said he knew that his admission meant bigger pressure from a patriarchal society and that his journey was just getting started. He said: “Mahirap mabuhay ang tao lalo na kung mabansagan kang bakla. 200% ang kelangan mo just to prove that tao tayo na pwede tayong maging disente. Pwede akong i-respeto, pwede akong magmahal.
“Kahit bakla ka, kahit straight ka, it’s how you live your life. Kung bakla ka nga at nagmamahal ka naman ng iisang tao, [pero] kung straight ka nga at marami ka namang babae, adulterous ka. Sino tayo para mag-judge ng bawat isa?”