Sobrang hirap daw ng naranasan ni Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray nang makarelasyon noon ang isang lalaking hindi kapareho ng pananampalayata.
Kaya naman non-negotiable sa kanya na dapat may the same faith ang gusto niyang pakasalan.
Hindi tinukoy ni Catriona kung sino ang kanyang past boyfriend, pero anim na taon niyang nakarelasyon ang Filipino-German model na si Clint Bondad.
Inamin ni Catriona ang breakup nila ni Clint noong February 2019.
Current boyfriend ngayon ng beauty queen si Sam Milby. Inamin nila ang kanilang relasyon noong May 2020.
Sina Sam at Catriona ay parehong Christian.
Nagsalita si Catriona tungkol sa kanyang masaklap na buhay pag-ibig noon sa interview ni Edward Barber sa Kumu nitong Miyerkules, May 12, 2021.
Tinanong si Catriona kung magpapakasal ba siya sa isang lalaking hindi niya kapareho ng pananampalataya.
“I’m gonna speak for personal experience. I’ve been in a relationship with someone that didn’t really meet me at the same level of my faith and it was very, very difficult,” bungad ng Fil-Australian beauty queen.
“I mean, I’m not saying it’s impossible. I mean for some people it can work.”
Dagdag ni Catriona, hindi rin makabubuti na diktahan ang tao pagdating sa kanyang pananampalataya.
Bagamat posible pa ring mag-work ang pagsasama ng dalawang taong magkaiba ang pananampalataya, mas gusto pa rin ni Catriona na may the same faith ang makatuluyan niya.
Paliwanag niya: “If they’re willing to compromise and not really like tell the other person how to live ‘cause I think, like, foundationally, that’s never a good way to go into a relationship with.
“It’s when you try to force something on into each other.
“Maybe you could happily co-exist with each other.
“But I’ve just come to a point in my life where faith is so foundational I can’t imagine being with a partner that also doesn’t support me and walk in faith with me on my same journey.
“So, it’s pretty much non-negotiable for me,” ani Catriona.
IS CATRIONA READY TO BECOME A MOTHER?
Sa isang punto, nabanggit ni Catriona na mayroon siyang Miss Universe fellow candidates noon na nakakausap pa rin niya at nagkaroon na ng asawa at anak.
Inusisa ni Edward si Catriona kung handa na ba itong magkaroon ng anak.
Sagot ni Catriona, naiisip na raw niya ito pero hindi pa siya handang magka-anak.
“I just feel like, for me, personally, I’m not yet ready to take that step because I’m not yet married.
“But it is something in my mind, especially given that my dad is an older dad, like my dad is currently 76.
“He had me at age 48. There comes a pressure also as a child with an older parent, like, ‘Are they gonna be around to see me at my wedding? Are they gonna meet their grandparents?’ So, there’s a lot of conflicting emotions. It’s difficult.”
SEXISM in WOMEN IN SHOWBIZ
Kaugnay nito, nagbigay rin ng kanyang saloobin si Catriona tungkol sa aniya’y sexism sa mga babae sa showbiz.
Partikular daw dito ang paniniwalang makasisira sa career ng isang female celebrity kapag ito ay nagka-anak.
Siya raw mismo, naranasan niya ang sexism.
Sabi ni Catriona: “It’s been something that I’ve really been thinking about, not motherhood per se, but the amount of societal pressure that comes with it, especially in the Philippines.
“I can’t count the amount of times that I’ve been told by the other people in the industry, ‘Don’t get married. Don’t have kids yet, unless you wanna completely ruin or change your brand. Your career is gonna change drastically.’
“I’ve been told that and so now, it’s dealing with, ‘Okay, I’m 27. My mum was my age when she had me.’
“And I was told that that’s late and also thinking about, ‘Okay, is my career really going to take a back seat in that major type of way because I wanted to take that next step in my life?’”
Ani Catriona, “And I don’t think I’ve ever felt sexism so strongly in my personal experience than I do in this topic.”
Napansin din daw ni Catriona na hindi ito masyadong pinag-uusapan.
“And it’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot because I don’t think a lot of people talk about it.
“It’s like we praise women when they’re career-driven, but then there’s also people who are like, ‘Oh, you do not have time for your family.’ And then you see women who are all about their family and they say like, ‘O, sayang you gave up your career.’
“I feel like us women get that all the time.”
Para raw kay Catriona, importante itong pag-usapan dahil nakikita niya na ito ay “not fair” sa mga kababaihan.