Mom Eva Cariño Says BB Gandanghari Is ‘Beautiful’It seems more and more of the Padilla family, including mom Eva Cariño has come to accept Rustom Padilla who is now BB Gandanghari.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Cariño described how she reacted to what Rustom did on “Pinoy Big Brother” in 2006. She also described Gandanghari as beautiful.
“Nung inamin na niya na siya ay gay, nagulat kami. 'Anong pinagsasabi nito?' Galit na galit ako. 'Ano ba 'yan, nasisiraan na ba ng bait 'yan?’” she told Anthony Taberna on “Tapatan ni Tunying”.
The Padilla family matriarch also related that for years, her relationship with Gandanghari went cold.
“Medyo lumayo na kami. Ako, inis. Nasaktan ako masyado sa ginawa niya,” the matriarch said.
In 2006, Rustom, who has always been an action star in the entertainment industry, shocked the country when he revealed during his stay in the “Big Brother” house that he is Gay.
In 2009, Rustom said that Rustom is dead and he is now to be known as BB Gandanghari. His family members shunned him and his brother Robin and his mother were very vocal about their disapproval of his decision.
The Padilla family matriarch recalled that her relationship with her “favorite” son was never the same after he came out as gay.
For Cariño, Gandanghari’s entry to showbiz may have affected his preferences. She said that as a kid, Rustom never showed any sign that he was gay.
According to the Padilla matriarch, Gandanghari always wanted to be a flight steward. He was only pushed to enter showbiz.
“Sa environment siguro, nung nag-artista siya. Marami na mga kaibigan niya mga ateng din, baka nahawa! Eh ako hindi naman ako galit sa mga ateng, ha,” Cariño told Taberna.
“Minsan talaga, naiisip ko, 'Bakit ko ba pinilit na mag-artista 'yung anak ko? Siguro kung hindi nag-artista hindi siya nagkaganon,'” she said.
Cariño also mentioned asking why Gandanghari felt they did not love him. “Sabi ko, Bakit sinasabi mo na hindi kita mahal?' Sa totoo lang, malayo loob niya sa akin. So nagdaramdam ako noon, bakit ganoon?” she said.
However, something happened in July that mended things between Cariño, his son Robin and BB.
Gandanghari suffered from a severe infection in July and the family’s visit to him worked wonders.
Cariño recalled, “Nakita niya ngayon na 'yung nanay parin pala niya ang tatakbo para sa kanya. Nakikita ko 'yung feeling niya na, 'yung pagsalita niya, 'Ma...' Malambing na.”
She also said that Robin and his siblings started calling BB “ateng” and “sister”. Just recently, Robin is reported to have told his son that he should call BB “Aunti BB”.
Furthermore, the matriarch also admitted that she finds BB beautiful.
“Unang-unang nung nagbabae siya, eh ang ganda naman talaga. Sabi ko sa mga kapatid niyang babae, 'O, sana naging babae nalang 'yan, mas maganda pa sa inyo,'” she told Taberna.
“Ang ina talaga, talagang ina. Hindi mo pwede itapon ang anak mo. Kayong mga anak, pwede niyong itapon 'yung magulang niyo. Pero 'yung anak mo, anak mo pa rin yan,” she added in a serious note.