Mariel Rodriguez admits losing some friends when husband Robin Padilla ran for senator
Mariel Rodriguez said she was able to discern who her true friends were after her husband, Senator Robinhood Padilla, decided to pursue a career in politics, as she stressed that it’s challenging to mix politics with friendship.
In a vlog interview with actress Bea Alonzo, which was uploaded on her YouTube channel last Saturday, May 20, the TV host admitted that she felt hurt about losing some friends when Padilla decided to run for senator in the 2022 elections. The actor-politician placed first in the senatorial race, garnering over 26 million votes.
“Yes, to the max,” Rodriguez said, when she was asked by Alonzo if she felt hurt over losing some friends due to the elections. “Siguro, this is why you really can’t [mix] politics sa friendship. Siyempre, may part na mahu-hurt ka. Pero at the end of the day, kung aalagaan ko ‘yung hurt na ‘yun, kami naman ang matatalo eh, diba?”
“Okay na sa akin na hindi mo kami tinulungan pero at least, hindi ka nagsalita against us. ‘Yung nagsalita pa against us, hindi ko ‘yun matatanggap,” she continued.
(Yes, to the max. Perhaps, this is why you really can’t mix friendship with politics. Of course, there’s a part that will hurt. But at the end of the day, if you will keep that hurt feeling, you’ll be the one who will lose, right? It’s okay if you didn’t help us but at least, you didn’t say something against us. If you chose to speak up against us, I will never accept it.)
Rodriguez, however, chose not to mention which friends she was alluding to.
As a politician’s wife, the former “Pinoy Big Brother” host noted that Padilla never funded her love for luxury items, pointing out that she has her own money to satisfy her personal needs.
“Ito talaga it’s true — Robin will not give me money for luxury things. He will not! Hindi niya sasabihin na, ‘Ang mahal naman ng pagkain na binili mo.’ Hindi niya ako gaganunin sa mga bagay na gan’un,” she said. (This one is really true — Robin will not give me money for luxury things. He will not! He will not say, “The food that you bought is expensive.” He will never call me out for things like that.)
“In my head, dapat his money is my money. Tapos my money is my money, in my head ganu’n,” she said before laughing. But since Padilla is a politician, Rodriguez said that her husband’s salary comes from the public.
“Kaya lang, his money is everybody’s money, eh. So, dahil ang dami nang everybody’s money, kailangan meron ako ng own money ko kasi magastos ako. Aminado naman ako. I believe na ‘yung mga babae dapat we have our own money, iba pa rin ‘yun,” she added.
(In my head, his money should be my money. Then my money is mine, at least in my head. But his money is everybody’s money. Since there are a lot of people out there, I need to have my own money because I’m a big spender. I’m aware of that. I believe that all women should have their own money, that’s a must.)
On joining AllTV
During the interview, Rodriguez also looked back at the time when she decided to join AllTV network in September 2022, where she revealed that there was no “falling out” with her showbiz colleagues at the time as she did nothing wrong.
Prior to joining the Villar-owned network, the host-model was part of the cast of the noontime show “It’s Showtime.”
“Wala. Walang falling out. Kasi wala naman akong ginagawa eh. When I joined AllTV, I was a full-time mom already and I wasn’t part of any network,” she said, as she revealed that she sought the approval of show frontrunner Vice Ganda before making the switch.
“And I messaged [Vice Ganda] lang. Sabi ko, ‘Meme, maga-AllTV ako.’ T’as ang ganda ng sinabi niya, ‘Ma, wala kang iniwan na masamang tinapay sa ‘Showtime.’ Galingan mo, we’re happy for you.’ Ang sarap ng feeling,” she said.
(None. There’s no falling out. Because I’m not doing anything wrong. When I joined AllTV, I was a full-time mom already and I wasn’t part of any network. And I messaged Vice Ganda only. I said, “Meme, I will join AllTV. Then what he said was nice. He said, “Ma, you didn’t leave any bad blood among the “It’s Showtime” cast. Do your best. We’re happy for you.” It feels really nice.)
Rodriguez is currently one of the hosts of the AllTV daytime show, “M.O.M.S — Mhies on a Mission” with Ruffa Gutierrez and Ciara Sotto. As of this writing, the show has reportedly been shelved due to supposed “technical issues.”
Apart from “It’s Showtime,” the host-model was a former mainstay of the ABS-CBN reality show “Pinoy Big Brother” with Toni Gonzaga and Bianca Gonzalez. EDV
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