Almost two weeks since resolving his catwalk controversy, actor Coco Martin happily shared that he has fully gotten past the issue. At the height of the brouhaha, the Ikaw Lamang star revealed that the online backlash from his Bench The Naked Truth catwalk appearance had cost him some of his endorsement deals.
“Okay na. Mula nung nagkausap kami ng Gabriela at ng iba pang mga grupo na concerned nagbalikan na agad,” Coco happily shared on the set of his hit primetime soap Ikaw Lamang on Friday.
He added, “Siguro inano [tinignan] lang din nila kung paano ko iha-handle ang situation. Sabi ko naman talaga eh, inako ko na kung ano man ‘yung pagkukulang at pagkakamali ko.”
While he’s fully aware of his social responsibility, the incident, according to the Teleserye King, has taught him an all-important lesson. “Sabi ko nga ako alam ko naman bilang artista ‘yung responsibilidad ko as an actor sa audience ko. Siguro hindi lang talaga all of the time talagang nakatutok ka minsan may mapapabayaan ka,” he said.
The 32-year-old star, who had previously admitted to failing to understand his segment on the show on a “deeper level,” confessed that it had been a tough battle. Yet at the same time, he said he is happy that the issue has revealed to him who really has his back.
“‘Yun nga ang nakakatuwa eh. Sabi ko nga ‘pag dumating pala sa buhay mo ‘yung mga ganong problema, doon mo makikita ‘yung mga totoong tao sayo tsaka ‘yung mga totoong nagmamahal,” he noted.
Even his working relationship with Bench’s top honcho Ben Chan hadn’t been tainted by the controversy at all. “Kasi ‘yung iba nagte-take ng opportunity para hindi kayo magkaayos or magkaroon kayo ng problema pero nakakatuwa kasi supportive pa rin sila sa akin,” the actor noted.
In fact, Coco related that he saw the clothing line owner just a few days back during the Christmas campaign shoot and the encounter was a good one. “Ayun kwentuhan lang kami tapos humingi lang kami ng paumanhin sa isa’t-isa kasi siyempre hindi naman naming pareho inakala na magkakaroon ng problema,” Coco shared.
He likewise added, that Ben for his part also apologized over the fiasco “kasi tinamaan ako doon sa issue.” “Pero sabi ko nga nauunawaan ko naman ‘yun kasi wala namang may gusto nu’n eh. Sabi ko ‘yung nangyari naman depende ‘yun sa paningin ng tao. Siyempre hindi rin naman naming masisi ‘yung mga ibang tao na iba ‘yung tingin. May mga ibang tao na ‘Okay lang naman ‘yung ah’ ‘yung iba naman parang hindi maganda ‘yung pagtingin nila,” he explained.
Coco added, “Humihingi kami ng paumanhin sa mga tao na naapakan namin lalo na sa mga kababaihan.”
Coco’s primetime soap, Ikaw Lamang enters its finale week starting Monday on Kapamilya Primetime Bida.