After recently attending their daughter Kaila's high school graduation together, Janice de Belen admitted that she and ex-husband John Estrada have maintained a civil relationship for the sake of their children. “He was also there [sa graduation]. He's the other parent. Alam mo hindi ko naman siya masyadong pinag-iisipan. You do what you need to do and what you have to do and wala lang, parang normal lang. You know these are the things that happened,” she shared during the photo shoot for Showbiz Inside Report’s anniversary held last April 2.
With three of her children having recently graduated, the Showbiz Inside Report host said she feels very accomplished as a single mother. “Siyempre ang sarap. Kasi yung isa college tapos yung isa naman nag-graduate ng high school and yung isa grade school. Siyempre masaya yung feeling na nakikita mong guma-graduate because my mom had wished to see me actually graduate from college pero hindi ko naman naibigay yun sa kanya dahil nag-graduate lang ako ng high school. So parang siyempre, yun pala yung feeling na gusto maramdaman ng every parent,” she admitted.
The 44-year-old mom said she is not the type to be strict on her kids. “Hindi ako naging masyadong strikto kasi kung gagawin at gagawin pa rin nila, tatakas lang sila at saka mabuti na I'm very open with them. Hindi naman sobrang open, may mga bagay na open, may mga bagay na hindi. Everything is discussed. Siguro pag naiisip mo na pag maliliit yung mga anak mo gusto mo matatanda na sila para mas naiintindihan pa nila. Now that they’re starting to grow and they realize na they're having their own life, yun ang parang malungkot. Malungkot kasi ngayon tini-treasure ko pa yung mga times na nandun sila sa ibabaw ng kama ko, nakikipagkulitan sa akin,” she admitted.
Janice said that when she is not busy working on SIR or on Ina, Kapatid, Anak, she tries to bond with her brood as much as she can. “Oo naman. Favorite namin is to watch movies, go swimming, magbabakasyon kami together especially yung isa ko graduate na ng college so mag-wo-work na siya. Hindi mo na kaagad maaaya magbakasyon so as many vacations as kaya kong isingit gagawin ko,” she said.
The former teen star said she would be supportive in case any of her children want to follow in her footsteps in showbiz. “I think I cannot help it if at some point gusto nila maging part of the industry. Exposed din naman sila sa industry. Ang request ko lang naman ay makapasa sa pag-aaral, yun lang naman ang request ko. Feeling ko hindi naman magiging malaking drama yun pagka-mag-sho-showbiz kasi okay lang naman, like kung nasa ASAP siya hindi naman siya life-changing decision so okay lang,” she shared.
When it comes to having a love life, Janice said that is the last thing on her mind. “Kasi right now yung priorities ko are geared towards something else. Yun yung pinaka-least, kumbaga sa top ten priorities ko, yun yung nasa 11,” she admitted.
She is also open when it comes to her kids’ personal lives. “I try to maintain a no-secrets [relationship] with them para kung sino man yung magtext or tumawag sa kanila, okay lang naman ako. Ma-kumento lang ako pero siyempre nanay ka di ba? Yun yung fun part yung maka-comment ka pero pagka-seryoso na usually mas tahimik ako. Kasi sila pa rin naman yun pero after a while hindi mo naman puwede ipilit yung mga desisyon mo sa mga anak mo hindi naman ikaw sila. At hindi din sila ikaw and at some point, much as parents don’t want this, you simply have to take a step back and make them make their own mistakes. Kasi kahit anong sabi mo sa kanila, gagawin naman nila eh. Eh di ganun din. Papagurin mo lang yung sarili mo (laughs),” she said.
Now that their talk show Showbiz Inside Report is celebrating its first year on April 6, Janice said she has already gotten used to her co-hosts Ogie Diaz and Carmina Villaruel teasing her about John. “Hobby nila yun. (laughs),” she says. Janice said she and the kids have already moved on long ago from that issue. “Matagal na, non-issue na siya sa bahay. Hindi siya part of a bigger, dramatic event, hindi. Non-issue siya. Wala na ito, parang nag-tu-toothbrush ka na lang, parang ganun. At saka never naman ako nagtago o nag-secret sa kanila. Lahat ng bagay klaro,” she said.
One of the hottest issues in showbiz today is the rumored rift between her Ina, Kapatid, Anak co-stars Kim Chiu and Maja Salvador, but Janice said she just sees the two as very professional co-workers. “Wala naman akong kinalaman dun. Hindi ko naman puwede sabihin na walang tension sa set because there is tension. But at the end of the day, all I can say is they work together and they are able to work together kasi nakikita niyo naman parati silang nagkakasama sa eksena. Apart from that, yung personal nilang issue, hindi ko na problema yun. Nakakatrabaho naman sila so siguro hanggang dun na lang sila,” she said.