Maine Mendoza has asked her fans for “freedom” to “feel what I want to feel, be what I want to be, and do what I want to do.”
“My life changed drastically when Kalyeserye [segment on Eat Bulaga] began. We’ve had blessings on top of blessings. Alden and I were given so much more than we could ask for…and for all the love and efforts you have given us, you deserve to know the truth that at this very moment Alden and I are just friends. We are a love team,” she writes in a Twitter post addressed to their AlDub fans.
She started by expressing her gratitude for her fans, recalling the earlier times when Yaya Dub and Alden Richards’ tandem was formed in 2015 “when everyone was taking things lightly and we were all just so happy.”
However, she mentions that she feels like she’s living in a box with how fans are telling her how to act.
I got myself, I will catch myself, and I will pick myself up pic.twitter.com/VoU5kFuReQ
— Maine Mendoza (@mainedcm) November 26, 2017
“I am grateful to have all of you who have walked this path with me. But I need to be honest, I am at this point where I feel like I live in a box. I have not been able to do what I want and say what I feel because every time I try to express my thoughts and feelings, some of you tend to misapprehend and invalidate them in so many ways,” Mendoza wrote.
“Telling me I am not supposed that way because I am rich and famous. Telling me I have no right to be sad and hurt because I have everything a person could ask for. Judging, blaming, and getting mad at me for expressing what I truly feel just because you do not agree and it is inconvenient for you,” she wrote in the open letter.
She mentions that one day, she realized she was no longer happy because some of her fans were “hurting” her friends and loved ones.
“Our families, friends, and workmates are being bashed and ridiculed by some. Kahit sinong madikit sa amin pinagiisipan at pinagsasalitaan ng hindi maganda. Basta hindi naaayon sa kagustuhan ang mga nakikita, nagagalit. It hurts me seeing them being hurt.”
“It hurts me how some of you are so capable and so proud of throwing so much hate on others – especially on people who care about us. Hiling ko ang ay sana bigyan natin sila ng respeto.”
“Some things are really getting out of hand,” she added, referring to the fights her fans have with other fandoms.
“All my life I have been seeking love from people around me. And that is all that matters to me at this moment. As I have said, as you finish reading this letter, a lot of you would probably turn your backs on me. I am ready for it; I knew this day would come.”
She adds that she hopes her fans would “understand that I am here because I love making people happy.”
“I do hope I have also given you enough joy for you to give me the freedom I believe I deserve. Freedom to feel what I want to feel, be what I want to be, and do what I want to do,” she stated.
“Alden deserves the same, too.”