Morissette’s dad reveals rift with daughter over a guy
Karla Rule (The Freeman) - August 18, 2019 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines —  Following his social media posts, netizens got a whiff of a supposed strain between Amay Amon and his relationship with daughter, the Cebuana singing sensation Morissette Amon.

During her homecoming concert in Cebu last year, Morissette shared how her father was her very first vocal coach and was responsible for planting her roots in rock music.

The Minglanilla native, who often joined singing contests, left Cebu at 14 years old to pursue her singing career, becoming a runner-up on TV5’s “Star Factor” reality singing competition, and then finishing as a semi-finalist in the first season of ABS-CBN’s “The Voice Philippines.”

Since then, she has become a beloved talent, was named “Asia’s Phoenix,” and recently met Hollywood actor Will Smith and Disney composer Alan Menken after singing for Disney Philippines the “Aladdin” theme song “A Whole New World” with Darren Espanto.

But in March, Amay tweeted something nostalgic, if not melancholic, as he went around Cebu, revealing frustrations that would seem to allude to his relationship with his 23-year-old daughter.

“So we went to Ayala and saw the ballet school we let her went to, then on the way home passed by Plaza Independencia which was one of the singing contests venue before. Looking back and looking now, lost family values we built, because she opted to listen elsewhere,” the father posted in March.

In February, he also tweeted about an unnamed guy who seems to have caused the rift in the Amon household. According to a Pep.ph report, these tweets are about Morissette’s decision to move out of the family home, and that her dad blames this decision on a boyfriend.

“The kind of guy that’s like, ‘Hey you’re over 18, you can make decisions now, you don’t need your parents or their guidance, Back at home, at 18, you need to live on your own. Parents? Pffttt!’” Amay began on his Twitter thread on February 23, which was followed with more tweets. The next day, he reveals in a tweet that the guy asked if it was alright with Amay should his daughter listen to him but hate him for the rest of her life.

In March, an exchange between Amay and an anonymous Twitter user took place. Twitter user @faceoffnameoff called him out, saying he should not “pre-judge people.” Before Amay decides to dislike certain people, @faceoffnameoff suggested to “get to know them as individuals” and to “look again and look hard.” He further advised Amay to let go of his ideals of the right man for Morissette and try to find out the merits her daughter finds in her significant other if he values his relationship with her.

Before asking the anonymous Twitter user to show his face and man up, Amay replied: “Because it’s a no-brainer guys like you who tolerate your GF to do things disrespecting her parents clearly isn’t in my standards.”

The reply implied that @faceoffnameoff had relations with Morissette, and Amay told the user to consider his 22 years of parenting before schooling him on how to raise his child.

Talk of the feud circulated online and by June, “The Voice Philippines” alum and Cornerstone Entertainment talent Dave Lamar tweeted something about fake accounts, writing, “Imagine creating a fake account just so you can troll and bash someone? I guess that’s the only way some people can feel strong.” This prodded netizens to ask Dave if he was the person behind @faceoffnameoff.

“That’s legit not me. I have only ever had one Twitter account my whole life. This one. Di ko talaga alam kung sino yan,” he tweeted in June.

While he veered away from tweets directly talking about Morissette’s parents, Dave stressed that he doesn’t even have time to update his own account, much less run an anonymous one.

Still simmering, Amay asked netizens last month what the translation for “elope” in Tagalog was, following it more tweets like, “Google translated as lumayo. What if hindi lumayo? Live-in ba tawag dun? Or what if like two nights lang? Sleepover? Vacation?”

Also in July, Amay uploaded group photos of Morissette and Dave with the caption “Ahhh so ito pala ang lagi niyong sinasabi na palaging naka-buntot,” further fuelling netizens’ suspicions.

“Huwag kayo. He’s a great guy. Siya lang ang Cornerstone person na nakakapasok ng exclusive Stages party....no wait...baka naman lucky subscriber,” he said, referencing the management agencies of Morissette and Dave.

Amay likewise pointedly uploaded a screenshot of Dave’s Instagram photo taken at Temple of Leah in Busay, Cebu City, posting he must have brought a date who took his picture.

Musician Paolo Valenciano waded into the situation to reach out to Amay. The concert and events director interacted with him on Twitter on Friday, imploring him to resolve the issue on their own instead of airing their problems on social media for all to see.

“Hi Tito. Really hoping for the best for the family. But may I suggest not posting about it on social media. Explain ko lang Tito,” Gary Valenciano’s son began.

“My brother, my sister and I have done crazy things that broke our parents’ hearts. Some may be more intense than this but we keep it private. And in the end, relationships were restored. It really isn’t the best idea to air it out on social media. I get tempted also sometimes but it will not help in the restoration process. From an outsider’s point of view, it almost looks like bashing/bullying, which I know isn’t your intention. Yun Lang, Tito. I am praying and hoping for the best. God bless,Tito!”

Despite Amay’s Twitter posts, Dave and especially Morissette has kept mum on the issue so far. In the meantime, netizens go back and forth in expressing their own opinions, others supporting the “ASAP” mainstay’s autonomy to make decisions on her own, and still others expressing their disappointment on the singer’s “disrespect” towards her father.

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