This Is How Ian Veneracion Reacted Upon Finding Out His Daughter "Likes Girls"
It turned out to be a priceless, heartwarming moment for the two
It didn’t come as a surprise to Ian Veneracion when his daughter Deirdre came out to him as a lesbian.
Dids—who was 16 years old then—found the perfect timing on a casual day to tell the actor about her attraction to people of the same sex. “Nu'ng time na 'yun, I didn’t like to tell anybody pa. I wasn’t super open so parang it felt weird but we’re very close and stuff,” she mused in an interview on ABS-CBN morning talk show Magandang Buhay.
“Kinukulit ko ‘yung mga motor ko, ‘yung ganyan. So, dumating siya, medyo teary-eyed. Sabi niya, ‘Daddy, I‘ll tell you something.” Sabi ko, ‘What?’ Tapos sabi n‘ya, ‘I like girls,’” shared Ian. He took it well, as the situation turned out to be a priceless, heartwarming moment for the two. “Sabi ko sa kanya, ‘Me also, I like girls.’”
He revealed he has had an inkling about this ever since Dids was a kid. “Nagtataka siya. Sabi niya, ‘You know?’ Sabi ko, ‘Oo naman, bata ka pa, ang macho mo na.’ So alam ko na dati,” he said with a laugh.
It’s all good, Ian assured Dids, who asked him if he was okay with it. Ian said, “Sabi ko, ‘Yes, just don’t ever be apologetic about it—not even to me. You can be whoever you want to be and I have full support. Umatras 'yung luha n'ya kasi natawa s'ya.” After all, life is about chasing happiness, following one’s heart, and making the most of it. “Nakakapanghinayang lang. Isa lang ang buhay natin tapos ‘pag nabuhay ka, tapos parang apologetic ka pa na nahihiya ka sa sarili mo, hindi mo mailabas pagkatao mo, parang what a waste of life,” he declared.
When the time came, his wife Pam Gallardo gave the same amount of love and support for their only daughter. “Eventually, sinabi ko sa kanya na ‘yun nga, ‘Paano ‘pag nagka-boyfriend si Dids, okay lang?’ Sabi niya, ‘Okay lang.’ ‘Paano kung magka-girlfriend si Dids, okay lang?’ Sabi niya, ‘Kung saan siya masaya, masaya ako also,’” Ian recalled. “She has the full support of the whole family.”
Watch Ian and Dids' Magandang Buhay interview below:
Lead photos from @_magandangbuhay