Dancer-actor Mark Herras has been plagued with rumors that Nadia Montenegro, the mother of girlfriend Ynna Assistio, is having an undue influence on how he manages his show business earnings.
The 23-year-old entertainer had recently taken control of his finances from his adoptive father Joe Herras, pointing out that it was time for him to take responsibility for his own fiscal management.
In yesterday's interview with Startalk, May 1, an agitated Mark expressed his thoughts on the matter.
"Paano magiging bad influence?" asked Mark in defense of Nadia. "Ang pino-point out nila [gossipmongers], e si Tita Nads daw iyong nag-udyok sa akin na kunin ang sarili kong pera. Which is matagal nang panahon—siguro last year or two years ago pa—na gusto ko na rin hawakan pera ko."
"Kailangan ko i-prove sa family ko na I am responsible enough to handle iyong pera o paano papatakbuhin ang bahay," he said.
FEELING LEFT OUT. It has also been rumored that Mark's family has been feeling left out because he spends more time with the Asistios.
"Siguro iniisip nila na napapadalas ang family outings noong Holy Week," Mark explained. "So pag may time, may chance na makapagpahinga or bakasyon, e gina-grab ko ang opportunity na iyon."
What about the rumor that he spends for everything whenever he goes on vacation with Ynna's family?
"Alangan naman na ako ang lalake, e hayaan ko sila magbayad sa tutulugan at kakainin namin," was Mark's response. "Hindi ako nagbabayad lahat, but I do my share."
LEARNING RESPONSIBILITY. Perhaps the reason he wants to get hold of his finances is because he plans to get married soon?
"Hindi ko iniipon pera ko dahil gusto ko magpakasal or ganoon," Mark replied. "Pinaka-main point nito ay matuto ako at maging responsible sa buhay ko. Hindi naman ibig sabihin na magsosolo ako."
He also pointed that only good things have been happening to him since he became friends with the Assistios.
"Never na akong na-issue na babaero or gumigimik," he said. "Never ako na-issue na lasenggero or tumatambay saan-saan."
As a last message to the people who've been spreading rumors about him, he said:
"Sa mga tao na naglalabas ng maling issue or ginugulo ang masayang relationship ko with my family, e isipin nila na mayroon din silang pamilya. Paano kung sa kanila gawin 'yan? Buhay ko ito, so alam ko kung paano patakbuhin ang buhay ko. Gusto ko maging masaya at maging responsible sa buhay ko at seryoso sa buhay at trabaho."
A TEARFUL NADIA SPEAKS UP. Nadia also spoke for herself regarding her supposed influence on Mark and his money.
"Hindi ko alam kung anong influence, or if influence is the right word," she said. "Kung ano lang siguro ang isang ina sa anak, e, although siyempre not as much as like his real parents. Sa finances nga, e sinasabi ko na huwag masyado magastos kasi nga addict siya sa sapatos. Mawawala lang sandali iyan at pagbalik, e may dala nang tatlong sapatos."
She said that Mark first approached her in Subic to ask for advice on how to handle his earnings after seeing Nadia's kids using an ATM.
"Sabi niya na gusto niya matuto," revealed Nadia. "Nagtanong siya about sa limit noon, wala siyang ATM, e."
Nadia said she's written to Mark's parents about his goals on being a responsible earner and to clear the air on the issue.
"Humingi [ako] ng pasensiya kung naging ganito," Nadia said. "Hindi ako papayag na maapektuhan. Sa totoo lang, sinasabi ko kay Mark at Ynna na sobrang sakit ang mga nangyayari sa business na ito pag hindi ka matatag... Mahal ko si Mark bilang anak ko at hindi magbabago iyon."
She is confident that all be well between her and Mark's parents. "Saludo ako sa pagpapalaki nila kay Mark," she said. "His parents brought him up really well. Mahal ni Mark ang pamilya niya at hindi kami kahit kailan, e gagawa ng paraan na para mawala iyon."
YNNA'S SAYS HER PIECE. Ynna has also been affected by the rumors criticizing her mom and boyfriend.
"Bakit parang lahat ng tao ginagawa..." she said. "Kung hindi nila nasisira relasyon namin ni Mark, e ngayon sila ni Mommy sinisira nila na alam ko na kung kami, hindi nila kaya sirain, e mas lalo ang relasyon ni Mommy at Mark. Sa totoo lang mas matibay relasyon nila. Kung ano man ang problema, ang importante okey tayong lahat. Basta okey tayo at huwag silang isipin."
Nadia apologized to all the people who have been affected by the rumors.
"Ako na humihingi ng pasensiya dahil ganoon ko kamahal si Mark, aayusin ko," she said with conviction.