AJ Perez's girlfriend speaks up: 'He made me feel special'

Steph Ayson thanks everyone for showing their love and admiration for AJ Perez.



4/20/2011 9:15 AM
AJ Perez's girlfriend speaks up: 'He made me feel special'

042011-ajsteph_main.jpgAfter grieving in private for a couple of days, Steph Ayson finally broke her silence about the pain brought by the tragic and unexpected death of her boyfriend, young actor AJ Perez. In an exclusive interview with TV Patrol, she said, “I don’t know much of a while it will take. But with God’s help and of course AJ’s help I know I will be okay.”

AJ died in a vehicular accident on April 17. He is best remembered as the leading man of Jessy Mendiola in the teleserye Sabel. Despite having to deal with the media as a celebrity, AJ managed to keep his relationship with Steph, which lasted for more than a year, private. She shared, “The good thing about him was that even though he kept it in the quiet, he made sure that I wouldn’t feel pushed aside. He made me feel special.

“I’ve had a crush on AJ since grade school. We were batch mates. I met him again when I was in third year high school. Dun na nag-start. Nung una parang medyo nayabangan ako sa kanya. ‘Ano ba, inaartehan lang ba ako nito?’ Pero I realized that he was sincere and sweet.”

Now that her boyfriend is gone, Steph confessed that she will deeply miss AJ. “I will miss the way he calls me whenever may break siya sa taping. I will miss of course having him around, having someone constantly bugging me if I’m okay.”

She also thanked the fans of AJ who expressed their condolences and even went to the wake, plus the friends and classmates who offered a special tribute last April 18. “I thank everyone because through them I got to know another side of AJ.”

The remains of the young actor are now at the Christ The King Church in Greenmeadows, Quezon City, and viewing will be opened to the public on April 20, 4 pm to 7 pm and 9 pm to 12 mn.

AJ’s corneas not going to Fatima Soriano

The parents of AJ had expressed their intention of donating their son’s corneas to blind singer and Marian devotee Fatima Soriano. But sadly, transplanting the cornea is not the answer to Fatima’s blindness. According to her doctor, Dr. Mae Singson, Fatima’s blindness comes from a defect in her retina. Up to now only a corneal transplant is possible and not the whole eye, which includes the retina.

Nevertheless, Fatima showed no disappointment over this. “I’ll accept po because I know ‘yun ang will ni Lord. I’m glad kasi kahit paano, hindi man sa akin, I know may reason na mapunta siya sa isang taong who really needs it. Baka hindi pa ngayon ‘yung time ni Lord for me na makakita.