Alam at nararamdaman ni Paolo Bediones na nagbago na ang pagtingin sa kanya ng marami pagkatapos kumalat ang video scandal niya noong 2014.
Paglalarawan ni Paolo sa pagpapatuloy ng panayam niya sa Good Times With DJ Mo, “If this was six years ago, and I was doing Extra Challenge or maybe Survivor, and if someone comes up to me and goes, ‘Pare, idol ko ‘to, picture tayo!’
“You know what it means, e, di ba?
“But then, now, when they do that, I mean, some people are brazen enough…
“This is no joke, ha, and if you guys are listening, I mean, I’m referring to you, guys.
“Like, they come up to you and they go, ‘Pare, idol ko ‘to, e. Ang galing mo sa video, pare!’”
Ano ang nagiging reaksiyon niya sa ganitong sitwasyon?
Sabi ni Paolo, “What am I gonna do? I’m shocked. There’s really nothing I can say…
“You know, in the beginning, it was really tough.
“I have a hard time masking my emotions, especially when I’m caught off-guard.
“When I’m caught off-guard, you know what I’m feeling, what I’m thinking…
“Then there are some guys who they’ll try to assure you…
“Without mentioning what it was, you know what they’re talking about.
“They’ll look at you and they go, ‘Okay lang ‘yan.’
“And you feel, ‘Okay, okay.’”
THE HARDEST PART. Ipinagtapat naman ni Paolo kung saan siya pinakanahirapan habang pinagdadaanan niya ang eskandalong ito.
“I think, the hardest part, honestly, was having to deal with my partner in the video.”
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“She has a life of her own and I’m very happy for her.”
Pahayag pa ni Paolo, “The hard part is having to deal with the fact that it was my fault. Kapabayaan ko yun, e, you know.
“It was my fault that we got into that situation.
“You know, I can still hear her voice when it was coming out, and her friends were saying, ‘What’s happening?’
“And she’s really angry and going through all these sort of emotions, name it.
“I had no one to really help me with that situation.”
Dagdag niya, “You know, we’re guys. If something like this happens, it’s fine, we’ll move on...
“Alam mo yung pinakamasakit, may nasaktan ka, e. Yun ang pinakamasakit.
“Like, ako, yung mawalan ako ng trabaho o yung mag-iba yung tingin sa akin ng tao, that’s fine.
“Because these people are entitled to their own opinion. They’re entitled to their own view of me.
“As long as I know, at the end of the day, I’m living my life as I would want to live my life—support my family, be there for my friends, put up my businesses, and do the things that I love doing without stepping on people’s toes, take advantage of people, or making sure that everyone around you is important…
“And that’s really all that matters. And then I’m fine.
“But, ang sakit nung fact na nasaktan yung pamilya, nasaktan yung babaeng kasama ko sa video.”
MAKING THE RIGHT DECISION. Alam ba ng babaeng kasama niya na lalabas ang video nila anumang oras?
Pagtatapat ni Paolo, “I kept that from her ‘cause I thought I could handle it.
“You know, it’s really interesting ‘cause I’ve never really thought about that situation.
“And now that I think about it, I think I made the right decision, ‘cause I don’t want her to go through what I went through every single day.
“Imagine mo, matutulog ka na lang sa gabi, magdadasal ka, ‘Sana hindi lumabas, sana hindi lumabas.’”
Paano naman tinanggap ng kanyang pamilya ang pagkalat ng video scandal ni Paolo?
“Well, one of the indicators that there was something wrong would be the 2,000 miscalls. That would be a sign.
“Or like in anyone’s newsfeed, I was there.
“And that’s precisely what happened.
“The only calls that I answered were calls from my partner in the video, from my mom, my dad, and then I answered texts from my sisters.”
Kaya sabi ni Paolo, “I’d like to apologize to all of my friends who were texting and calling, and if I didn’t pick up or I didn’t reply.
“I received all of your messages and actually some of them are still saved here.”
Sa ganoong sitwasyon, okay lang ba sa kanyang makatanggap ng tawag o text messages mula sa ibang tao?
Ayon kay Paolo, “You can’t stop them from showing their concern and appreciation and love and compassion for you.”