“The Escort” star talks about vindication after proving he had never fathered a child.
After years of being accused of being the father of Andi Eigenmann’s daughter Ellie, the rumors have finally been put to rest with the recent revelation of Max Eigenmann clearing his name.
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"Medyo relieved is like a super understatement. I was super relieved (laughs) not medyo relieved. (I first found out when) I was asleep. Someone woke me up and said, ‘Hey I got good news for you. Check this out.’ She showed me I think it was Fashionpulis on Twitter. I don’t have a Twitter account so I don’t know. I read it lang and then I went back to sleep. I like to sleep,” he shared during Regal Films’ The Escort blogcon held last October 20 at Valencia Events Place in Quezon City.
The 23-year-old actor said that he was happier to finally give his mom Rina peace of mind after having his name cleared from the issue.
"Lahat naman ng nanay defender eh. She was just so happy. Because we all knew it di ba? That’s why everyone’s asking me, ‘How do you feel now that the truth is out?’ I knew this. It’s not new to me. I already knew it. She was super happy about it. I never really understood how much that ordeal affected her until I think it was a Pep article she did. Only when I read that did I realize how much it affected her. Because for me when that issue came out I brushed it off eh. I’m very good at shoving bad experiences out. I try to not let it affect me. But then I realized that eventually that’s going to come up and that’s going to do more damage to you,” he explained.
Albie also shared how the whole experience changed his views on life. "I learned those lessons a while back when it all hit the fan. Just listen to your parents. They know what’s best for you when it comes to girls. If something seems too good to be true it probably is too good to be true. Just stuff like that. Lessons I learned from the (recent) revelation like nothing naman. I don’t think you can learn anything from that,” he added.
With everything that has happened, Albie finally revealed why he never pursued any kind of legal case even after he was wrongly accused of being the Ellie’s father.
"Hahaba pa yung proseso eh. You know what I mean? Like I’m just so happy to be done with it na. I don’t have to see them. I don’t have to think about them. I don’t have to worry about them. My name’s not associated with them anymore di ba? I think that was the worst thing for me is when people heard my name they’d say, ‘Oh yeah, he’s the dad of the kid.’ You know what I mean? Pero now no one thinks that anymore. I hope no one thinks that anymore. Parang lagi lang akong bitbit sa issue na yun. I’m happy that people can talk about the issue and not talk about me anymore. I don’t give a bleep, sorry (laughs),” he mused.
Albie said he also did not want to burn bridges with Andi for the welfare of the child.
"Okay real talk? I just wanted to be civil with her, of course I was never sure. I asked for a DNA test. I didn’t get a DNA test. But I had a feeling it wasn’t my ba-by. I was never sure. So I just wanted to be nice. I’m just a nice guy in general. I wanted to build a good relationship just in case, like just a plan B, like just in case it was actually my kid. So we would be on good terms and stuff. Everyone was asking me about lukso ng dugo. Like I never had any of that. None of that. But like now I don’t have to worry about that. it’s not my kid. Career is doing well,” he further explained.
When asked if he feels vindicated by the revelation of Ellie’s real father, Albie chose to give a neutral answer.
"I don’t think anyone can win in that situation. Like there’s no winner there di
ba? It’s just whatever happens now bahala na sila dun. Ayoko na makialam dun.”