This is a very showbiz post. I'm just saying. You have been warned.
I've been reading comments from various people about the Sarah Geronimo and Gerald Anderson "breakup." I know using the term breakup would mean that those two were actually a couple and that it's wrong to use it because they never admitted to anything but come on, who are we kidding? I'm thinking they were. For this post, bear with me and allow me to assume that they were.
What I've heard is that the Sarah-Gerald relationship was broken up by Sarah's parents, who say they are only being protective of their daughter. This was pretty much the sentiment during Sarah's Sunday show where she was interviewed with her parents about the issue. Sarah was smiling, which I found to be weird considering the situation. I guess this is what it means to be "showbiz:" you can be smiling outside but sad inside (if what people are saying is true, that is).
Speculation is that it's not necessarily their daughter's interests or her love that they are protecting but their own -- specifically her financial support, something that could end if and when she gets married.
It's hard not to assume that these rumors about her parents is true when so many people in the business have been making comments that seem to point to that on Twitter and on Facebook. It's not something that people have said just because of the Gerald issue -- people have been saying it for years.
I think it's such a sad story when someone as successful as she is cannot find happiness. From what I can see, Sarah is very talented and she obviously has a good heart because she's the one supporting her family. If the financial support is the issue, I think at the very least, they should let her follow her heart because she has done more than enough for her family. She has paid her dues and more, at least have some gratitude and allow her to find her happiness. Allow her to be who she wants to be and to love who she wants to love.
If her parents are being protective because they are concerned about her well-being, I think that the best thing they could do is to let her learn about life by herself. If they consider her old enough to provide for their family, they should also acknowledge that she is old enough to live her own life. She may or may not make mistakes but the point is these are things she needs to do on her own. That is part of growing up. Yes, as parents they can still advise and guide, but they cannot and should not dictate what she should do. She's in her 20s for pete's sake!
Some people have said that the parents are practically making Sarah a robot who follows everything that they want her to do. They have supposedly boxed her in to a certain image with a certain set of expectations. It's not hard to get trapped in that situation. After all, she did achieve the success that she's had with the help and support of her parents. Plus, there is the fact that this is her family we're talking about -- no matter what happens, they are family and she will always love them and not want to hurt them.
Thing is, if everything that's been said about her situation is true, only Sarah can change all this. She is old enough and she should decide what she really wants for herself outside of what her parents or her family expect from her. She needs to be able to stand up for her decision and face whatever consequences it may bring. Family is family. There may be differences and disagreements and there may be times when you hurt each other but in the end things will still work out. Love will still work out in the end. But she needs to take a stand. Nothing will change unless she does that. If she can't then she needs to live with the consequences of that as well. There are times when she shouldn't worry about what people think of her. People will always have an opinion no matter what so she needs to just follow her heart and see where it takes her from there. Don't be afraid to fail. Don't be afraid to make mistakes. That's what life is all about.
Sorry affected ako. Tao lang. I feel for her. I hope everything works out.
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