We all know Pia Wurtzbach as the strong, independent, and fierce woman she had always expressed herself to be, especially after winning the Miss Universe title back in 2015.
However, the beauty queen revealed that she hadn’t always been a confident woman. As she spoke to fellow beauty queens Carla Lizardo and Bianca Guidotti in a recent episode of the podcast “Between Us Queens,” Pia mentioned having been “very submissive” to an unnamed ex-boyfriend to the point of putting herself and her dreams on hold just for him.
“Before this whole pageant thing that I did, before Miss Universe, before Binibini, I was a very different person as in under ako sa lalaki (I was under a man),” Pia shared.
“Kung ano sabihin niya, ‘yun masusunod. Hindi ako lalaban kahit alam kong mali. (Whatever he said, I followed. I wouldn’t fight back even if I knew it was wrong.) I didn’t really have a voice. I was that kind of girl. I was very submissive.”
She said that she had held him to such high regard that she made him her world, giving everything up for him and only following his orders.
“As in naging mundo ko siya (he was my world),” she said. “I gave a lot of things. I gave up my career. I stopped doing the jobs that I was doing, which also meant I didn’t have an income. So I had nothing,” she recalled. “He kind of became the boss of me, of everything. Pagka mayroon siyang hindi gusto sa mga decisions ko, siyempre siya ang nasusunod. (If he didn’t like my decisions, I let him have his way of course.)”
It was because of her younger sister, Sarah, that she eventually realized what was wrong in her relationship.
“One day she was able to convince me what I was getting myself into was totally wrong. Siya ‘yung gumising sa ‘kin (She was the one who woke me up),” she shared. “One day I just woke up and I realized I didn’t want this anymore. One day I just woke up and I left.”
“I just remember packing whatever I could, getting into my friend’s car, and only having 100 pesos in my wallet,” she added. “Wala akong pera. Wala akong trabaho. Wala lahat. (I had no money. I had no job. I had nothing.) And I had to rebuild myself again from zero.”
Pia ended her cautionary tale by revealing the one thing she learned from her experience: “Hindi pwedeng ‘Yes Girl’ tayo palagi. (We shouldn’t be ‘Yes Girls’ all the time.)”
Pia is currently in a happy relationship with Jeremy Jauncey. They celebrated their first anniversary in January.
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