Last September, JM de Guzman was pleasantly surprised to see his ex-girlfriend Jessy Mendiola when she attended his birthday party.
"Natuwa ako na sobrang okay ang nangyari, hindi naman awkward, wala namang grudges, parang ’tropa tayo, ha,’" he recalled.
Would he say that they are friends now?
"Opo, sana yun din ang tingin niya," said JM.
Did love problems trigger him to try drugs in the past?
"Hindi. May pagka-feeling ako na artist ako, e. Malalim na artist."
Did he want to experiment in the past?
"Oo, feeling ko nakakapag-explore ako ng different emotions."
JM admits that the urge to go back to using drugs is still there but he uses willpower in order to overcome these temptations.
"Boredom [ang trigger]. Every time na nabo-bore ako, naiisip ko siya.
"Ang ginagawa ko, nagbo-boxing ako, nagwo-workout ako, gumagawa ng kanta, trabaho."
Does that mean that he is still tempted now after undergoing drug rehabilitation for 15 months?
"Hindi mawawala, hindi po mawawala," he admitted.
Does he still undergo therapy for this problem?
"Sa utak ko, may consequential thinking.
"’Pag gagawin mo ’to, anong mawawala sa iyo? Anong mangyayari sa ’yo? Anong malu-lose mo?
The 26-year-old actor says work keeps him occupied and prevents him from thinking about drug use.
"’Pag nagwo-work ako, walang temptations. Bigyan niyo lang ako ng work," he said with a smile.
JM will star in the upcoming Cinema One Originals entry That Thing Called Tadhana where he has Angelica Panganiban as his leading lady.
He also says there are plans for him to star in a teleserye on ABS-CBN.
ON CHAREE PINEDA. JM reveals that Charee Pineda was the only celebrity who visited him while he was he undergoing rehab.
The two worked together in the ABS-CBN afternoon soap Angelito: Batang Ama.
"Si Charee ang kaisa-isa kong katrabahong artista na dumalaw sa akin sa Tagaytay.
"Pumunta siya talaga dun at may dala siyang pagkain.
"Sobrang bait niyang tao. Dun ko talaga napatunayan na hindi siya showbiz na tao.
"Maaalalahanin talaga bilang kaibigan. Nakaka-touch."