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LJ Reyes is slowly moving forward with life in New York

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LJ Reyes is slowly moving forward with life in New York
LJ and her two children, Aki and Summer, have been staying in New York for more than a month now. She is always grateful for the love and support she has been receiving from her loved ones.
Photo by Nice Print from LJ Reyes’ Instagram account

It was great to finally see LJ Reyes after a long time. We recently met for an interview at The Buren, the café bar owned by her mom and sister in Brooklyn, New York.

LJ and her two children, Aki and Summer, have been staying in New York for more than a month now. “Masaya dito. The kids are okay,” she said. LJ took time to see her friends there. “When I arrived, they gave me a call. I told them that I’m staying here for quite some time.”

On her Instagram post, LJ looked gorgeous in an all-black ensemble when she attended her first New York Fashion Week. “It was an extraordinary experience for me. It was my first time. I had it documented kaya may ganoong mga photos.”

The actress is slowly moving forward after her breakup with Paolo Contis. She is always grateful for the love and support she has been receiving from her loved ones. “My mom and sister are very supportive. They tell me to relax and do what I want to do with the kids. Iba talaga pag sinabi ng nanay mo na ‘Sa akin ka na muna.’ Iyong feeling mo na di ka ilalaglag at bibitawan kahit anong mangyari. It’s been a very great family time for us the past month.”

The heartfelt messages from friends empower her. “When I feel low, I pray and then I look at people’s messages saying that I can do it.” She knows that God blesses her with a great support system. “That overflowing love and support, alam ko na si God iyon. He touched a lot of people’s hearts and lives to assure me that I will be okay.”

LJ remains optimistic that in God’s perfect time, whatever she is praying for will happen and everything will turn out well. “I strongly hold on to His promise. He has made it a relatively easy transition for us.”

She also revealed that Paulo Avelino reached out to her. “He’s been there for Aki. He sent me a message. Nag-sabi siyang I know you’re going through a very difficult time. He thinks about Aki. He told me that if I need anything when it comes to Aki, I can always tell him.”

This columnist with LJ and her kids after our conversation for The Interviewer on the Boy Abunda Talk Channel on YouTube.
Photo by Philip Rojas

Here are excerpts from my conversation with LJ on The Interviewer on the Boy Abunda Talk Channel on YouTube. Read on:

Looking back, are there times when you still find yourself crying?

“Tito Boy, honestly, meron. Yes, there are days when I find it difficult like nandito kayo ng mga bata, ito ang sitwasyon mo, at kailangan kayanin mo. I pray almost every minute. I think it will be a very long journey, a difficult one, but I really cling on to God.”

Is LJ coming back to the Philippines? Mag-aartista pa ba?

“I’m thinking about life one day at a time. Ang hirap magsalita na hindi, dito na lang ako or oo, babalik ako. Oo, pagbalik ako, I’ll be back in show business. I don’t know what’s gonna happen. I think it’s okay that you don’t know. It’s okay to take your time. It’s okay to give time to yourself in order to heal and figure out things. Kasi mahirap po kung mamadaliin ang mga bagay-bagay. I have two kids who rely on me. I can’t make wrong decisions anymore.”

Did you have another conversation with your son Aki when you arrived in New York?

“Yes, actually every now and then, we would talk about sensitive matters and important things. I also encourage him to speak out and be open. Gusto ko lagi siyang nagkukwento.”

A lot of people who watched our previous interview would say that LJ couldn’t directly explain her points. I saw the struggle and some people even said that you were protecting Paolo. Your reaction to that.

“I protected my kids.”

Has Paolo reached out to you?

“No, Tito Boy. No efforts.”

LJ, have you forgiven?

“It’s a work in progress. I am praying that I can forgive him because I know that if I don’t forgive him, this very dark emotion would just eat me up. I won’t be able to move forward with my kids. There’s pain. Hindi mawawala iyon. For me to make at least decent decisions that will benefit my kids, I really have to set aside all those negative emotions, which is very difficult. I always pray that if I make decisions, they will always be based on God’s will. Whatever is best for my kids. I really do believe that. I really have to forgive. Not forget but forgive.”

Paolo also issued a statement taking full responsibility, asking for forgiveness from you and the kids. Did you come across that?

“I know that eventually he would have to release a statement. He would have to speak up but it’s something na parang hindi ko na po binigyan ng atensyon masyado. I mean hindi po madali baka akalain ng mga tao madaling gawin iyon na i-disregard na lang kung ano iyong mga nababasa namin or mga nakakarating sa amin. It’s really a very difficult process para marinig at makita, it’s really just gonna break you. When it really feels bad to hear some things, dasal na lang. I told myself that it’s just a process, dadaanan mo talaga ito pero basta dasal ka lang. You ask God for strength, wisdom, and favor, then it will be better.”

Sometime in the future, would you go to Baguio with someone as friends?

“Yes, Tito Boy. Why not? I’m proud of Baguio as a Filipino. Maraming pwedeng puntahan doon. Maraming pwedeng kainan. Actually, Paulo Avelino is from Baguio. So, may family doon si Aki. Pupunta talaga kami doon.”

Malay natin, you and Pau can see each other there, with Aki, as friends.

“Yes as friends, Tito Boy.”

LJ REYES

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