For the first time, Gab Valenciano has opened up about the true reason why he quit Philippine showbiz.
In his Facebook post last Sunday, September 13, the 27-year-old artist revealed without naming names that the local entertainment industry made him feel “worthless” and “unaccepted” it so depressed him.
He wrote, “Before I left for the States, I was secretly hiding under an umbrella of depression for a good four years, drowning in an industry I was never really accepted in and masking it by going out almost every night and making the worst decisions in life.
“Typical young, wild and free synopsis for a teen movie.”
It will be recalled that the only reason that Gab disclosed when he left for the States in 2013 was that he planned to further his studies.
It also meant breaking up with his then girlfriend Coleen Garcia, who recently mentioned in an interview on Kris TV that she and Gab never had “closure” in their past relationship.
TOUGH MOVE. Gab related that living independently in the States was definitely one of the toughest decisions he ever made.
“What people don't know is the fact that I was suicidal for the first few months.
“I have just gotten out of a relationship.
“I was alone and had close to nothing to my name.
"I felt like nothing made sense anymore.
“But I stuck with it. I persevered and pushed on.”
ALL WORTH IT. Gab said, on hindsight, that all his hardships were worth the happiness and contentment that he’s enjoying right now.
Aside from the fact that he met his wife Tricia Centenera in the U.S., the son of Gary Valenciano shared that he finally had the chance to set up his own production company and pursue professional filmmaking.
"I will never forget my roots and where I came from, but I don't owe it a thing.
"The entertainment industry in the Philippines made me feel like one of the most worthless artists in the history of artists, and I'm sure many more can empathize but can't speak out.
"I needed to spend three years abroad and work with the biggest ‘stars’ just to gain the respect every artist deserves."
CAN DO SPIRIT. But more than sharing his success story, Gab hopes to inspire struggling artists to fight for their dreams and find the courage to get out of a "system" that thrives on superficial things and “mocks the very core of what it means to be an artist.”
He further mused: “The moment you understand your true value, that not everything is based on fame or fortune, will be the very same moment you understand what it means to be truly happy.
“Don't ever think, for one second, that just because I am grinding it out here that it makes me ‘big time’ or better than anyone else.
“I was just like some of you once upon a time, frustrated, hurt and struggling to find my place.
“If I can do it, you most certainly can as well.”
WINNING SELFIE. Last year, Gab’s series of Super Selfie Youtube videos went viral with more than two million views per entry.
It even caught the attention of international singer Beyonce, who decided to incorporate Gab’s super selfie concept in the making of her 7/11 music video, which was launched during the latter part of 2014.
Gab was also recognized together with Beyonce and Chris Grant for Best in Choreography for the 7/11 music video at the MTV Video Music Awards last month.