REGINE Velasquez wouldn't let bashers affect her close relationship with her stepdaughter Leila Alcasid.
Just recently, the two were in the news after Alcasid called the singer her "PA" or personal assistant in her Snapchat photo.
Velasquez explained that it was actually her who introduced the word to Alcasid and the 19-year-old did not know that it will create negative impressions on her followers.
The Kapuso star said she was upset by the news and the negative comments on social media aimed at Alcasid as they only want to enjoy the latter's first photo shoot.
"Nanay ako at ano ang pakialam ninyo? I do that for my child. I can be her driver, cook, her psychiatrist, lahat. 'Pag mahal mo yung isang tao, wala kang pakialam," she told the press at the grand press launch of "Mulawin vs Ravena."
What further irked the singer were the words thrown at Alcasid. She feared that Alcasid would eventually change her mind and go back to Australia.
"Binilin siya sa akin ng nanay niya. (Sabi ni Michelle), 'I know her, she needs you. Just listen to her'. So, that's what I do. 'Pag nanay ka, nanay ka na e. They (bashers) just do it for the sake of (bashing people) and it's personal. They're nameless, they're faceless. You don't know us to be saying things like that.
Velasquez added that she and her husband, singer/songwriter Ogie Alcasid had to explain to Leila that this is all part of show business.
"She know it is part of the industry, but kahit na ganun, she will be affected because I still get affected, even I who is here for hundred years. We're all human," she said.
The singer is grateful that it did not affected their relationship and Leila was not discouraged to pursue a career in showbiz
Velasquez said it even pushed the younger Alcasid to be more passionate on her craft and be mindful of the people around her.
"It's really nothing. It did affect us a little bit because na-hurt ako for her because she's crying. Naiyak na din ako. Pero para sa kanya, 'I'm not going to let that affect my work'. Tapos sabi ng asawa ko, 'You know sweetheart there's going to be more. That nothing and it's probably going to be worse than that," she said.
The seasoned singer added that much is expected from her stepdaughter as her parents already built a name in the industry.
Velasquez said Leila is aware that it's not going to be a walk in the park and she's ready for it.
"Malaking tulong yung (name) but that doesn't make it easier for her. It's actually harder for her kasi meron na siyang name. Wala pa siyang talagang ginagawa, meron na siyang pangalan which she needs to live up to. Madaling pumasok pero pag andiyan na, it's harder. We keep telling her to just enjoy it," she ended. (SunStar Philippines)