[PHOTO- Aiza Seguerra. File photo]

MANILA, JULY 9, 2012 (ABS-CBN) by Miguel Dumaual - Actress-singer Aiza Seguerra said she was never confused about her sexual preference but "coming out" to her parents proved to be a painful undertaking.

"Actually, never ako -- hindi dumating sa buhay ko na na-confuse ako. I knew already," Seguerra told "Showbiz Inside Report" in an interview that aired Saturday.

The former child star said she had already acknowledged signs of her gender preference as she was getting older, especially in school.

"Basta naalala ko noon, nawi-weirduhan ako sa sarili ko, kasi mga kaklase ko kinikilig sa boys, ako sa girls," Seguerra shared.

Now openly a lesbian, Seguerra recounted that although coming to terms with her sexual orientation was easy for her, admitting it to her parents was a painful episode in her life.

"Medyo nagkaroon ng mga bukingang naganap diyan. Because when my parents asked me if I was lesbian, of course, 'yung ganung diretsahang tanong, hindi ako makapag-sinungaling. I tried to hide it at first. It took a lot of guts na sabihing yes," she said.

Seguerra recalled that her parents seemed hurt after she admitted that she was lesbian.

"Umiyak silang dalawa ni erpats. Umiyak din ako, syempre. Ayaw mo naman masaktan 'yung mga magulang mo," she said.


Even as she "came out" to her parents, acceptance at the time didn't seem to come easy, Seguerra said.

"May time na nag-rebelde ako, kasi, 'Kung hindi niyo matanggap kung sino ako, [magre-rebelde ako]," she said.

Looking back, the acclaimed singer said there seemed to be distance between her and her parents since her admission, but she eventually realized it was her who had caused the rift.

"I had to forgive myself. Hindi pala 'yung pagiging lesbian ang problema eh, kung paano ko sila tratuhin. Because I was so defensive, nahu-hurt ko na pala sila. 'Yun pala 'yung reason kung ba't kami nagkakaroon ng problema," Seguerra said.

Her mother's gestures proved her parents had been accepting all along.

Seguerra recalled that there were instances when her mother would nudge her to notice pretty girls.

"Nagulat ako kasi mommy ko inaasar ako about, kunwari naglalakad ako sa mall -- 'Uy, angganda noon, ah' -- gumaganon si mama. 'Wow, mama, anong meron,'" Seguerra said, laughing.

Five years since publicly admitting she is a lesbian, Seguerra admits she still has "haters," or detractors who judge her because of her sexual preference.

"Hanggang ngayon naman may haters pa rin. People would say bad things about me because I'm a lesbian and everything.

"Pero the mere fact that my mom, my dad, my brother love me for who I am, it makes me stronger. 'Di man ako tanggap ng maraming tao, the people I love, nire-respeto ang choices ko."

Aiza breaks up with girlfriend Posted at 03/20/2012 9:08 PM | Updated as of 03/21/2012 10:15 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Acoustic singer Aiza Seguerra has broken up with her girlfriend of seven years Chen Sarte.

But Sarte, a talent manager, said she has already moved on, as she appealed to the public to stop speculating on the cause of their breakup.

According to reports, Seguerra already has a new girlfriend.

“We remain friends and I have a lot to be thankful to Aiza in the more than seven years we were together,” Sarte said. “She opened my mind to music and showbiz.”

Sarte is also hoping to establish her own identity, not as the ex-girlfriend of Seguerra, but as a champion of original Pilipino music or OPM.

Currently, Sarte is co-managing the upcoming rock singer Cathy Go with folk artist Bayang Barrios.

Cathy Go launched her album, “Find My Way to You,” on Monday night. – Report from Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News

Aiza takes on mother role for first time Posted at 07/04/2012 12:41 PM | Updated as of 07/04/2012 4:53 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Singer Aiza Seguerra has accepted a mother role for the first time.

In an interview on Tuesday night during a press conference for the new TV series Seguerra shared that she never thought that she will be mature enough to take a mother role.

"Be Careful With My Heart," which stars Richard Yap and Jodi Sta. Maria, will air its pilot episode on July 9 before "It's Showtime."

"Nagulat na nga lang ako may anak na ako dito. I play the role of Kute na nakakatandang kapatid ni Jodi at ako po ay isang nanay at ito po ang una kong soap na mother role na ako," Seguerra said.

"So nanay na may tattoo at kalbo. Bakit nga ba 'Kute' kasi 'kuya at ate' kaya 'Kute,'" she said.

Seguerra, who's a lesbian, said she was surprised when told about the role.

"Medyo nagulat ako noon because hindi ako na-informed na may kid. Naka-oo na ako saka 'hoy may anak ka pala.' Siyempre nagulat lang ako na sa edad kong 28, eh mother role na ako. So okay naman," she said.

Having own child

In the interview, Seguerra said she's open to have her own child.

"Why not? May matres naman ako. Sa totoo lang ako 'yung klase ng taong hindi nagbibigay ng time frame sa sarili. Kung dumating eh di dumating. Feeling ko sa tamang panahon ay malalaman ko 'yon, pero hindi ako magbibigay ng time frame. Huwag lang sanang menopause na ako saka ako maghahanap," she said.

Asked if she's also open to adopt a child, she replied: "Well why not? Pero iba din yung nanggaling sa iyo. Para masabi naman ni Lord na nagamit ko (ang matris ko)," she said.

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