For many, the 2007 hit “Bubbly” by American singer Colbie Calliat is a song that reminds them of better times. But for Kapamilya actress Agot Isidro, this was not the case.
In an Instagram post on Tuesday, December 7, the actress explained that "Bubbly" -- contrary to the happy mood of the song—used to trigger memories of a "very dark time" in her life. She said that for a decade, the track had given her panic attacks.
"At one point, I ran, in tears, out of a shoe store in an outlet mall in California when I heard this song play," she recalled. "And that’s Disneyland for a lot of women. Every time I hear the intro, I would skip or change station or simply walk out of the establishment."
However, yesterday, when the song came out of the mix while she was on a long drive, Agot, for the first time, chose not to press skip.
"Didn’t hear [the song] for so long. So I said, 'Sige nga,'" she said. "Nothing. Was even singing along. So yes, BREAKTHROUGH!"
In her post, the actress said she is proud of herself for the progress she's made since that dark period of her life.
"Long journey, but we get there," she said, before telling her followers: "Point of the story, no matter where you are in life, you will be ok. We will be ok."
In the comments section of her post, many fans and showbiz friends of Agot expressed their support for the actress.
"I love this! Glad you're in a much better place. Hugs!" wrote fellow actress and mental health advocate Iza Calzado.
Meanwhile, a fan said: "To all those who tried and failed but kept on trying and finally succeeded! Thank you for this Ms. A!"
Agot is not one to shy why from talking about her own mental health struggles. In fact, in a 2013 interview with Inquirer.net, the actress admitted that she sees a psychiatrist or a medical doctor who specializes in mental health.
“It’s just like seeing your ENT (ear, nose and throat) doctor or cardiologist," she said. "I’ve been very vocal about [psychotherapy]. One shouldn’t be ashamed to admit that one needs help."
Agot, 55, is currently seen in the revenge drama La Vida Lena. She is also set to appear in the upcoming primetime series Flower of Evil and in the inspirational drama anthology Dear God.