Francine Diaz may be a well-respected teen actress today, but she unfortunately didn't receive the same admiration from others before her rise to fame. In a recent interview with student influencer Kyla Cruz, Francine revealed that she has been bullied numerous times in elementary school.
"Wala akong baon parati tapos hindi rin kumpleto 'yung books ko. So parang feeling siguro nila na special ako kasi nag-aartista, lumalabas sa TV," Francine tells Kyla, referring to the financial struggles she and her family went through prior to her breakout role in Kadenang Ginto.
Francine shared that there was even a time when her classmates openly accused her of losing materials for a group project.
"One time may project kami, 'yung magluluto ka. Kami, may ingredient kami na ice cream, e yung isa sa [mga] ingredients niya na gagawin ng grupo namin noon is lalagyan ng kondensada," Francine recounts.
"Ako ang pinagbantay nila since wala akong naiambag na ingredient. Sabi ko, ako nalang ang magbabantay, ako nalang magliligpit, ako nalang maghuhugas. Tapos nag-CR ako, nawalan ng tao sa table namin. 'Pag balik ko, umiiyak na yung leader namin na parang, 'Asan na yung kondensada?'" Francine added.
"Ako 'yung parang sinisi nila na, 'Ikaw yung nagbantay dito, diba?' Tapos in-explain ko, hindi nga, wala akong kinukuha dito, wala akong winawala. Hanggang sa umiyak ako kasi nagpatawag na ng adviser," Francine concluded.
In addition, the Gen Z star was also mocked for only being an extra in her past acting stints. "Sinasabi rin nila before na, 'Hindi naman sikat yan, nag-e-extra lang 'yan.' Ginaganoon nila ako na parang, 'Bakit, saan ka ba lumalabas?'" Francine said.
However, despite all the negativity Francine received from her peers, she chose to stay humble and establish clear boundaries instead.
"Although hindi ko naman talaga ever na-feel na nasa TV ako, dapat ganito niyo ako tratuhin. And 'yun 'yung problem ko before, pini-please ko yung mga classmates ko kasi wala akong friends," Francine shared.
You can watch Francine's interview here:
This story originally appeared on Candymag.com. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.
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