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From taking on bit roles to starring in the biggest movies and shows, Francine Diaz is a certified Gen Z star. Over the years, the young celeb has been taking names and cashing checks as one of the new generation’s most influential voices. But aside from being a talented actress, loving daughter, and an in-demand brand endorser, Francine has also been making fans thanks to her penchant for not beating around the bush and keeping it real.
While the glare of the entertainment industry can make people feel like they have the world’s pressure on their backs, Francine doesn’t let that get in the way of speaking her mind. In a refreshing sight to see, Francine is a celeb who isn’t afraid to say what needs to be said. Scroll down for a few moments when Francine kept it 💯 when it came to her thoughts on the complicated world that is life.
NO TIME FOR HER HATERS
Given her star status, Francine has to sadly deal with the fact that she has her fair share of haters. But just because she has bashers camped out in her comments section, that doesn’t mean Francine is going to give them the time of day. Reacting to mean comments with Seth Fedelin for a YouTube video on her channel, the actress shared how she won’t waste her time talking to people who don’t want to hear her side.
“Kahit i-explain mo ‘yung sa side mo at sabihin mo ‘yung totoo, kung close-minded sila at ‘di nila iintindihin ‘yung sabihin mo, edi nag-aksaya ka lang ng oras sa kanila.” Francine added that she would rather spend her energy on other things than defend herself from a biased crowd. “Siyempre, ‘di nila ma-ge-gets kasi nga close-minded sila. So ngayon, hindi na ako nag-e-explain kasi hindi naman nila iintindihin.”
At the end of the day, these hate comments get you nowhere. Divert that energy towards supporting your faves and less on attacking others. As Francine wisely puts it, “Wala naman akong problema kung ‘di niyo ko gusto. Basta, mahalin niyo lang kung sino ang sinusoportahan niyo. At wag na tayong magsabi ng kung anu-anong hindi magagandang salita sa ibang tao. Lagi niyong pakatatandahan na maging mabuti sa mga kapwa mong tao.”
ON CRAB MENTALITY AND CELEBRITY COMPETITION
In the high-stakes world of showbiz, it’s an inevitable reality that petty squabbles and comparisons will pop up. Yet, Francine doesn’t let herself get caught up in all that drama. In a YouTube video with Denise Laurel, the Gen Z actress shared how she isn’t one to get jealous of her contemporaries’ success and believes that everyone’s time will come.
“Ako, I believe we have our own time na mag-prove [ng sarili] sa industry. Kasi diba parang lahat naman tayo nagkayod, naghirap for this position kung na saan tayo? So we deserve it,” she said. She added “Hindi naman to pa-unahan o pagalingang na makarami na movie o series sa isang taon o i-prove sa buong mundo na mas magaling kami sa inyong lahat. May kanya-kanyang tayong timing. Kung hindi pa namin time magshine, edi hindi. May right timing naman sa lahat.” So, take it from Chin and don’t put people down just because they are doing well in life.
ON DEALING WITH BODY SHAMING
Like many of us, Francine Diaz is no stranger to bullying and its negative effects. In particular, the Dirty Linen star has been on the receiving end of body-shaming comments from netizens. She admitted that the comments do hurt her, but doesn’t let them get to her. Francine even uses them as fuel to be a better version of herself. “Every time na naririnig ko ‘yun sa utak ko, mas nagwo-workout ako. And I think naging good naman yung resulta niya kasi I can say na nagiging better version ng sarili ko ever since ginawa kong motivation yung mga ganoong comments nila about me,” she said.
Instead of fighting her bashers, she chooses to fight for a better self, and that’s something we all can get behind. And as for people also experiencing body shaming, she implores them to not let it get to their head and focus on what matters most, you. “Kapag nagulo na yung isip mo kasi diyan ka na magkakaroon ng doubt sa self mo and diyan nawawala yung self-love. So I say just focus on yourself and huwag mong pakinggan ang mga hindi magagandang sinasabi ng tao sa inyo.”
THE YOUTH AND THE POWER OF THEIR VOTE
Everyone has the right to use their platform, no matter how big or small, to speak up on what is right and going on in the world. Even celebrities, who are sometimes pressured by others to not speak up, can and should do so. During the 2022 elections, Francine shared on her Instagram that she voted and expressed how the youth have an important role to play when choosing the country’s leader. “Tayong kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan, pumili tayo ng leader na may malasakit sa lahat ng pilipino, yung may pagmamahal sa bawat tao, hindi umaatras sa anumang laban, hindi sa una lang magaling, may pagmamahal sa bayan.” It’s an important message worth remembering and sharing.
IT’S OKAY TO FEEL YOUR FEELS
We sometimes face the pressure of pretending to be someone that we are not in scenarios where we feel like our real personalities won’t fit. It’s a situation even Francine has faced. While she isn’t one to fake it until you make it, she did admit during a lie detector test with Bea Alonzo that her genuine personality isn’t front and center all the time.
She attributes this to the fact that work can be very stressful, and the pressures of being a public figure can take its toll. “May mga pagkakataon na kunwari sa work, tapos I’m not having a good day, so I have no choice siyempre kailangan naka-smile ako.” Honesty, let celebrities feel their feels. They are real people at the end of the day with real emotions, both good and bad.
TAKING ON THIRD-PARTY RUMORS HEAD-ON
If this list has taught us anything, it’s that Francine isn’t one to spend her time on hate, rumors, and intrigue about herself. Yet, there comes a time when it gets too much and you have to stand up for yourself. That’s the case when Francine got social media talking when she went on Instagram Live to tackle the third-party rumors that she supposedly stole Seth Fedelin from Andrea Brillantes.
“Wala akong inahas, wala akong nilandi, wala akong inagaw. Malinaw?” she said matter-of-factly in the live. Later on, Francine shared how she kept silent because she felt it was for the better. But it reached a point where she had to speak up as things were getting out of hand.
“I think it’s time for me to speak up. I know madami nagsasabi sa inyo na duwag ako, gusto ko lang matawag na ‘Unbothered Queen,’ no. Hindi ako nanahimik because gusto ko matawag ng ganun. Nanahimik ako kasi ayokong dumagdag sa gulo pa nangyayari noon, hanggang ngayon, ang tagal ko nanahimik, alam niyo yan hindi ako mapagpatol at hindi talaga ako papatol dahil lahat ng mga sinasabi niyo ay hindi totoo.” And that’s on what? Period.