Brenda Mage. Image: screengrab from YouTube/Pinoy Big Brother
Brenda Mage opened up on his fears of being bashed anew on his return as "comeback celebrity housemate" in the reality TV show "Pinoy Big Brother."
The comedian spoke about his journey in the "outside world" after he left the PBB house in January, in a conversation he had with Big Brother, as seen on the show's YouTube channel on Monday, May 16.
"Nanahimik muna po ako sa showbiz kasi alam niyo naman po na medyo hindi talaga maganda 'yung naging outcome ng gawain ko dito sa loob ng bahay," he said. "Sa mga kagagawan ko, nagkaroon talaga ako ng mga bashers so pinili kong manahimik sa showbiz at magmunimuni muna sa probinsya."
(I laid low from showbiz because as you know, the things that I did inside this house had not-so-good outcomes. Because of what I did, I had bashers, so I chose to lay low from showbiz and spend some time in the province.)
Mage also talked about how he handled the bashing he received from the public, disclosing that it is one of the things he considered before returning to the reality show.
"Talagang nasaktan ako, parang na-trauma ako sa mga nangyari," he stated. "Nung una hindi ko po talaga gusto bumalik pero nung na-accept ko na sa sarili ko 'yung sitwasyon, nag-sink in na sa akin lahat at tinanggap ko lahat ng negatibong bagay na binato sa akin."
(I was really hurt. I feel like it was traumatic for me. At first, I really did not want to return but when I accepted the situation, it all sank-in and I accepted all the negative things thrown at me.)
"In-assess ko po 'yung sarili ko kung saan ako nagkamali at mas pinili ko pong tingnan 'yung positibo at magagandang bagay na narating ko rin sa pagpasok ko sa PBB," he told Big Brother.
(I assessed myself — where I made mistakes — and I chose to look at the positive and good things that I was able to achieve when I entered PBB.)
The returning housemate then confessed that he is still afraid of what the public's reaction would be, but stressed that he is taking this opportunity to show the good things he is capable of.
"Natatakot pa rin po ako na baka pagbalik ko rito i-bash nanaman ako o pagsabihan ng hindi maganda, pero kaakibat po no'n is iniisip ko na baka kahit paaano mapakita ko rin sa kanila na hindi ko lang kayang magpakatotoo, kundi kaya ko rin magpakatao," he added.
(I am still afraid that I will get bashed or receive hurtful comments when I return here. But I thought that maybe I will be able to show the public that aside from being real, I could also be compassionate.)
It can be recalled that Mage received criticisms after he got involved in some disagreements with some of his fellow housemates. Alexa Ilacad, for one, spoke about his attitude over the " hurtful " comments he had about her. Mage was also criticized by netizens for sexual harassment in October last year, after asking inappropriate questions to housemate Eian Rances.
Meanwhile, Mage, along with online personality Madam Inutz, came back to the reality show as PBB's " Biga10 Comeback Celebrity Housemates ." They joined the final set of housemates, including winners of PBB's celebrity, adult and teen editions. JB
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