Noon ay napabalitang naging magkarelasyon sina Lauren Young at Elmo Magalona ngunit hindi sila kailanman umamin hanggang sa nagkahiwalay sila.
Ngayon naman ay balitang si Janine Gutierrez na ang girlfriend ni Elmo.
Ang manager ni Lauren ay ang ina ni Elmo na si Pia Magalona.
Nang makausap ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) si Lauren sa presscon ng pelikulang Overtime, sa Annabel’s restaurant, Tomas Morato, Quezon City, noong nakaraang linggo, tinanong namin siya kung hindi ba mahirap ang ganitong sitwasyon.
Wala bang awkwardness?
Tugon ng Kapuso young actress, “No, it’s not hard naman.
“’Coz ako kasi, parang I just take it na, you know, Tita Pia, she’s so professional.
“And I feel like she genuinely cares about me—not only my career but me as a person.
“Because, you know, she’s like my second mom… She takes care of me, she wants the best for me lang naman.
“She just wants to see me succeed.
“So, you know, I just really wanna give back everything that she’s given me as one of her talents.
“Everything that I have now, because of her hard work and my equal hard work. I think we’re both happy.
“And I wanna keep it that way and because of just, like, you know, something as petty as that, I don’t wanna throw what I have now with Tita Pia.
“And we both know that it doesn’t affect us.”
THE REAL SCORE. Once and for all, naging sila ba talaga ni Elmo?
Tumawa muna si Lauren sabay hanap sa kanyang manager.
“I wanna hear your answer, Tita Pia,” baling ni Lauren sa ina ni Elmo.
Sagot ni Pia, “Naging special naman si Lauren kay Elmo.”
Sa umpisa pa lang ay alam ng halos lahat na naging sina Lauren at Elmo sa kabila ng kanilang pagtanggi.
Paliwanag dito ni Lauren, “’Coz the thing is kasi, you know, I’m the girl, and, like, you know, it’s not proper for me to say anything.
“But like what Tita Pia said, you know, if she thinks that I was special for Elmo, Elmo was also very special to me.
“And he’ll always be special to me.”
Biro pa niya, “Gusto mo, iyak tayo? Gusto mo, iyak na tayo?”
Naka-move on na ba si Lauren sa paghihiwalay nila ni Elmo?
“Yeah! From the specialness?” at muli itong tumawa.
“I would say that I’m just in a very, very good place right now.
“You know, I’m in a very good place right now.
“I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the help of Elmo.
“You know, he taught me so well as a person, he helped me grow as well.
“We’re very good friends.”
“We’re friends naman but, like, I think, right now, it’s just only proper that I keep my distance and I do not meddle into whatever that he has now.
“I don’t want to be that person who creates chaos and controversy when a person is obviously very happy.
“So, I will give him that happiness because he deserves that.”
Masaya rin daw si Lauren.
“I’m very happy… yes, yes.”
CIVIL WITH JANINE. Kumusta naman sila ni Janine?
Sagot ni Lauren, “Janine is not my friend, but I’m okay with her. I’m very civil with her.”
Ano ang nararamdaman niya tungkol kay Janine?
“Honestly, I’ve no negative vibes with her because, you know, just like me, I think we’re the same.
“We’re both very civil and proper people, you know.
“We were both raised well by our parents. We were both raised well and taught well by our parents.
“And I appreciate her kindness towards me.
“Ganun lang naman yun, e, if a person is nice to you, if she’s nice to me, then I will be nice to her. Iyon lang naman yun.
“At saka she knows naman na, you know, she has nothing to worry about me. I’m not that kind of person.
“As much as possible, I try to steer away from gulo.”
NO TO BULLYING. Bilang patunay na walang problema sa pagitan nila ni Janine ay walang naririnig na pambabatikos mula sa mga tagahanga ni Lauren.
Pagmamalaki ng nakababatang kapatid ni Miss World Megan Young, “Because my fans know, just like me, I do not tolerate bullying!
“So, I mean, I’m very thankful that me, not being a bully, has rubbed off against my fans because, you know, as an artist, you’re supposed to be there, not just for your work but you also want to inspire people.
“And I know that I have a very youthful following so I try to be a good example.”
Si Lauren ay na-bash din dati ng fans ng tambalang Elmo Magalona at Julie Anne San Jose.
Saad niya, “I know how it feels like to be put in a position where people are trying to pull you down again and again, so I would never ever want anyone to feel that way.”
Dahil naranasan niya noon ang nararanasan ni Janine ngayon mula sa bashers, may payo ba si Lauren para kay Janine?
Sagot ni Lauren, “It’s just simple—if you know yourself as a person and you know that you are doing no harm, people will always have their own opinion, it’s just up to you if you’re going to believe it or not.
“And, you know, like me, personally, she’s not doing anything wrong, she’s just living her life the way that she thinks she’s supposed to live it.
“She’s focusing on her work for her betterment as a person and she should just go continue what she’s doing because there’s nothing wrong with her.
“She’s a very nice person and, like, if I have nothing to say about her, and these people don’t even know her, and they say bad things about her, they have no right.
“Iyon lang naman.”