“It’s so happy. It’s really really happy.”
Short, sweet, and meaningful. That’s the quick answer of Kylie Padilla when asked about the state of her heart.
“Let’s just put it that way,” she told Manila Standard Entertainment in an exclusive interview during her contract renewal with GMA Network’s talent management arm, Sparkle.
While she had a hard and tough year in 2021 and a challenging 2022, the actress is now positively looking forward to a good year in 2023.
“My life is an open book and people knew my struggles. When 2022 started, I was feeling afraid because a lot of changes were happening. Humugot ako ng lakas sa mga anak ko. I just focused on my kids, sa kanila ako humugot ng lakas at inspirasyon. I just faced each day and tried to be present each day.”
In July 2021, Kylie broke her silence over her split with Aljur Abrenica whom she married in 2018. They have two kids together, Alas and Axl.
“It was my personal journey and my trip to Thailand helped me to heal,” she said alluding to her life-changing sojourn in Thailand where she visited a few temples and scenic spots. She considers it one of the highlights of her “personal journey.”
“I learned to be a better person every day. That’s my goal. And not to be hard on myself because when you’re healing, it really takes time. Healing doesn’t happen immediately. I’m still in my healing process but I have to try my best. Kung kaya kong bilisan, bibilisan ko,” she added.
While she draws strength from her children, she’s learned to also depend on herself to deal with the challenges that confront her.
“It can’t be all about my kids all the time, I needed to be strong for my children. I had to learn how to be patient with myself so I could be patient with my children. I can’t give out something I don’t have,” Kylie said.
Meanwhile, Kylie believes that renewing her ties with GMA Network came at a very opportune time. After the top-rating series Bolera, she has a few projects in the pipeline and will work on a movie, which she considers her dream project.
“I have an upcoming teleserye, Mga Lihim Ni Urduja, maganda ang concept, parang anime ang atake,” Kylie shared also listing Vampire Night, Attack on Titan, Bloodlust as her favorite anime shows.
Kylie is grateful for the opportunity that her mother network has presented on her lap, to which she wanted to return the favor by giving her “best as an actor” and by continuously seeking to improve her craft.
“I’m just so excited to continue work with GMA. I feel that after the last two years, I was given another chance to prove myself. And we are very collaborative with my projects now, I think it’s about time to take risks with regard to my project and they’re ready to support me with that goal,” she concluded.