Xander Ford reacts to arrogance allegations: I haven’t stepped on anyone’s toes
Amid the controversies that internet sensation turned overnight star Xander Ford is facing over his alleged sudden change of attitude, he simply reiterated that he has never stepped on anyone’s toes.
Formerly known as Marlou Arizala, a member of the disbanded boy band Hasht5, Ford grabbed the headlines when he went under a major surgery to change his looks. Rampant bullying forced him to go under the knife to improve his appearance and stop people from looking down on him.
But along with his physical transformation came issues about his supposed sudden change of attitude. A few celebrities have said a word or two about the newest talk of the town. However, it is comedian and talent manager Ogie Diaz’ claim that hit Ford the most.
Recently Ford and Diaz engaged in an online exchange of words. Diaz came out with an open letter advising the young showbiz newcomer to practice humility. Diaz also mentioned instances of people coming up to him with stories about Ford’s alleged arrogance.
A bold Ford came to Inquirer ShowbizLive on Wednesday to air his side on the issue.
Ford disclosed that he was quite close to the veteran talent manager. They had met when Ford guested in the Kapamilya sitcom “Home Sweetie Home,” in which Diaz is a regular cast.
“Nagulat ako biglang hinusgahan niya ko nagpost sya sa social media na parang lumaki na daw ulo mo ganyan, ayoko ng ganito. Parang pinagalitan niya ko tapos pinapagsalitaan niya ko na parang hindi ko natanggap, nasaktan ako, sana man lang tinanong ako Tito Ogie Diaz or pinuntahan niya ko sa set para itanong na o, Marlou, totoo ba tong issue mo. Alam mo hijo, alam mo anak, dapat di mo ginagawa yan, dapat ganto ganyan,” Ford said.
He continued that if that were the case, he would have apologized if he had done something that might have irked anyone. As for the allegation that he shouted at a marshal inside ABS-CBN, he flatly denied it while pointing out that he has a naturally deep voice.
“Tito pasensya na po kung nung araw na yung nakapagsalita ako ng masakit sa marshall kahit na alam ko namang hindi ako sumigaw nun malaki lang talaga ‘yung boses ko. Tapos naitanong ako nung marshall kung anong name ko, kasi tatanungin kung sino,” he said.
Ford said he simply just bowed down to Diaz’ words and agreed that indeed what the talent handler was trying to teach him was right.
“Natakot lang po ako at na-bothered sa sinabi ni tito Ogie. Totoo yung sinabi ni Tito Ogie, dapat always humble, foot on the ground, respect other people,” he said.
In the end, he made the assurance that the real him is simply a humble person who never has the intention to offend anyone.
“Naging totoo po ako sa sarili ko at wala po akong tinatapakang tao ng kahit sino man,” he said. /ra
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