“I’m a woman so call me BB. BB Gandanghari... BB as in Binibini… Rustom is dead, Rustom is not here.”
Ito ang nagmarkang mga pahayag ni BB Gandanghari nang ilantad ang kanyang bagong katauhan noong January 2009.
Si BB ang dating heartthrob at leading man na si Rustom Padilla.
Kamakailan, sa pamamagitan ng Instagram, inalala ni BB ang ika-siyam na taon ng paglantad ng kanyang tunay na sekswalidad.
Mensahe ng kapatid ni Robin Padilla, “It has been 9 yrs since, when a woman named BB declared ‘Rustom is DEAD.’
“As I enter my decade of resilience to endure all that is needed to go thru the very, an understatement, difficult process called TRANSITION, even more challenging times ahead is expected.”
Si BB ay naninirahan ngayon sa U.S.
Aniya, mula sa kanyang transition bilang tansgender woman ay umaasa siyang kilalalin bilang isang babae balang-araw.
“[N]ot as a man cross dressing as a woman or as a gay man, no pun intended, but as a WOMAN, transgender I may be,” sabi ng 50-anyos na TV-and-movie personality.
“My life since January of 2009, was anything but EASY.
"It is a decade of self awakening and awareness. A decade of, without being dramatic, back breaking experiences in the physical and spiritual sense."
Ang kanyang pananampalataya umano ang tumulong sa kanya upang malampasan ang mahirap na pinagdaanan.
“I can honestly say also that I’m exactly where I am supposed to be.
“Peaceful and hopeful as I enter my decade of womanhood, despite the troubling hate that threatens my person even in the land of the Free and the Brave.”