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Meryll Soriano reveals ongoing rift with father Willie Revillame

Meryll Soriano says she's not yet ready to manage her father Willie Revillame's businesses.

BY MAUREEN MARIE BELMONTE

Twitter: @MissHappyWriter

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2/1/2014 12:05 AM
Meryll Soriano reveals ongoing rift with father Willie Revillame


020114-Meryll_main.jpgReturning Kapamilya star Meryll Soriano was very thrilled about being part of the upcoming soap Ikaw Lamang starring Kim Chiu, Coco Martin, Jake Cuenca, and Julia Montes after six years of being away from the network.

Unfortunately though, her comeback was marred by her revelation during an interview at the ABS-CBN Trade Event on January 30 that she and her father, host-comedian Willie Revillame haven’t really spoken for a while now. The reason between their falling out according to Meryll was because she turned down her father’s offer for her to manage his businesses.

“Yes, because I’m not ready. I want to be deserving of that because it’s such a big responsibility and I really just want to finish school before I take that under my wing because I’m not ready,” she said, while adding, “We’ve had our differences because he wants me now and I really cannot.”

The actress had been taking up a Product Design course at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London before she took a leave last year following his withdrawal of financial support. According to her, it might “take time” for them to be able to mend their ties again.

Meanwhile, since Willie’s show went off the air in October of last year, there have been rumors that of gambling problems. While she neither confirmed or denied the rumors, Meryll stressed that her father has every right to spend his hard-earned money as he deems fit.

“I mean kasi di ba whatever he does with his life is his prerogative. He has worked hard for everything, for his wealth right now. So whatever he wants to do with that, we don’t have any right to judge or to say something about it because it’s his money,” she said.

Another issue which the actress addressed was the rumor that Willie has been selling off his properties to pay off his gambling debt. “I doubt it. I doubt it na binebenta niya dahil wala siyang work. Maybe it’s business. We cannot make speculations on that because we don’t know what’s happening in the open. I don’t really know as well. Wala rin akong personal na knowledge about it,” she said.

It has been four months since her father “retired” from TV. Does she think he’s having the time of his life just unwinding and travelling? Meryll thinks he’s actually bored because “my father naman really loves working. I really hopes he gets a new show because he really likes to entertain people.”

Another rumor going around is that Willie reportedly wants to make peace with ABS-CBN. Meryll expressed hope that this rumor would actually be true especially since, “My father naman has always been wise with his decisions so kung ano man ang magiging desisyon niya, I’m going to be happy to know that he’s back with ABS-CBN because they’re a perfectly compatible.”