Kate Valdez was unable to hold back her tears on Tuesday as she addressed recent rumors that she had an "attitude problem."
"Hindi ko, kind of, matanggap kasi alam ko sa sarili ko na hindi ako ganoon," Kate told entertainment reporters on Tuesday.
During the interview, the 19-year-old actress said she had no clue as to how the rumors started but the issue has started to affect her personal life.
"Hindi ko po ide-deny — na na-stress talaga ako dun sa issue, pati 'yung family ko affected sila," Kate said.
The actress opened up about the issue in light of speculations surrounding her exit from GMA-7's musical variety show "Studio 7."
"Wala pong katotohanan 'yun, kasi love ako ng Studio 7," she said. "Lahat, close ko sila, kaya hindi ko alam kung saan nanggagaling 'yun, and I'm sad kasi naaapektuhan 'yung friendship namin."
Kate has also admitted to receiving some hate for playing the villain. She lamented situations wherein she would be judged based solely on the characters she portrays on-screen.
"Some, maiintindihan ka if ie-explain mo, pero 'yung iba, hindi kasi they don't know nga what you're doing, lalo pag sa showbiz, lalo pag into characters na gano'n, which is 'yung mga seryoso, dark side. Mahirap talaga siya," the actress said.
"Nasa-sad ako kasi nami-misinterpret nila ako," she added.
Nevertheless, Kate said she was already in the process of powering through it with a little help from her loved ones.
"Nakakatulong na sinu-surround mo 'yung sarili mo ng good and genuine people na mage-encourage sayo na tama 'yung ginagawa mo," she said.
The actress also likes to keep busy, managing her time between showbiz and schoolwork.
She's going to star in the upcoming film "Black Lipstick" alongside fellow Kapuso star Kyline Alcantara. "Meron na rin akong ginagawang mga activities outside showbiz, so mawawala rin yung focus mo doon," Kate added. —JST, GMA News