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Jed Madela on going through depression: ‘I felt unwanted and insignificant’

Jed Madela reveals the lowest point in his career.

BY RHEA MANILA SANTOS

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

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4/26/2018 9:19 AM
Jed Madela on going through depression: ‘I felt unwanted and insignificant’


 

As one of the new mentors in the newest season of Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids this year, Jed Madela admitted he is excited about the new crop of young talents to be showcased on the show. “I am very blessed and grateful lalong lalo na sa ABS-CBN, lalo na sa big bosses na for a while I felt insignificant and not part of the circle anymore. Pero I’m happy na nabigyan nila ako ng ganitong mga trabaho ngayon. It’s a big thing for us artists to feel that we are part of a family and I really feel that we are part of a family dito because of the love and the care that they are giving me now. And also of course I understand na pana-panahon lang yun. So I guess during those times talaga I was down and I was depressed. One thing naman na-po-prove ko na hindi ka naman nila tatalikuran. So I’m happy now,” he said during the YFSF Kids presscon held last April 25 inside ABS-CBN.

Before being part of Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids, Jed admitted he went through a very challenging time in his life. “Siguro it was a moment in my life na naging toxic lahat. I guess I was surrounded by the wrong people, I reading a lot of negative things online. Siguro nagpatong patong na. Hindi ako yung tipong nagkukuwento kasi. I’m not the type who can release the sama ng loob sa pagsasalita. Siguro naipon lahat. Yun lang talaga ang na-discover ko, na you really have to stop and assess your life if you are with the right people and you are doing the things that you love doing. Kasi kung ginagawa mo ang isang bagay just for the heck of money or just because of work at hindi ka na happy, nakakadagdag siya sa depression and anxiety,” he explained.

The powerful performer said it was his fans who gave him strength to keep positive despite everything. “Na-limit yung performances ko sa ASAP. Kung kelan lang nila ako trip tawagan. So I felt unwanted and insignificant kasi hindi na ako sikat or hindi na nila ako kailangan. It was the fans who really made me feel better, they would message me saying, ‘Kuya Jed, andito pa rin kami.’ Personally I don’t want to call them fans kasi nahihiya ako. They’re family to me, they are friends. Kaya sobrang importante sa akin ang mga fans ko. But I’m better now. I just needed time to rest I guess. I needed time to rest things. And I needed to be surrounded by the right people, by the right projects. I’m doing a bit better, not fully recovered but better than before.” he revealed.

To avoid feeling down, Jed said he tries not to let bashers online affect him anymore. “I’ve mellowed down in a sense na hindi na ako nagbabasa ng mga comments. Lalong lalo na sa mga articles tapos sa baba may mga comments, it is open to the public and everyone has their own opinion tapos may mga sarili silang issues sa buhay na pati ako nadadamay. Or some of them they just don’t like me for whatever reason they have. Dati kasi it mattered to me so I kept reading. Pero ngayon, since yun nga ang nangyari sa akin na it kinda affected me, I avoided reading comments. I read comments sa mga posts ng mga alam kong hindi masyadong maraming mga bashers ang nandun,” he said.

The Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids mentor said he just wants to look at the brighter side of life from now on. “So now I try to keep my social media positive. Lahat ng mga pino-post ko all happy things and if ever may mga nega naman fini-filter ko ng kaunti. Kasi it’s a very confusing and difficult world now tapos dadagdagan mo pa ‘di ba? One thing that I learned is to simplify life kasi mag-e-enjoy ka talaga ng buhay,” he added.