“Don’t be apologetic about it”: Ian Veneracion supports daughter who revealed she likes girls

  • Ian Veneracion recalled how her then 16-year-old daughter Dids came out to tell him her preference for girls
  • He shared how important it is to be true to one’s self and not waste our lives hiding
  • The actor and his wife said they support and love Dids no matter what

Ian Veneracion shared how he and his family accepted his daughter Dids when she came out as a lesbian.

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The actor recalled the time when Dids first came out to him about her sexuality. Ian was on Magandang Buhay with his daughter who shared the heartwarming incident back when Dids was just 16 years old.

Ian said, “Kinukulit ko ‘yung mga motor ko, dumating siya, medyo teary eyed. Sabi niya ‘Daddy, I have to tell you something.’ Sabi ko, ‘What? Sit down.’ Sabi niya, ‘I like girls.’ Tapos sabi ko sa kanya, ‘Me also I like girls.’ So parang nagtataka siya, sabi niya, ‘It’s okay?’ Sabi ko, ‘Yes. Just don’t be ever apologetic about it, not even to me.’ Sabi ko, ‘You can be whoever you want to be and I have full support.'”

“Natawa siya. Sabi niya, ‘You know?’ Sabi ko, ‘Oo naman, bata ka pa ang macho mo na.’ So alam ko na dati,” he added.

The actor continued how he taught his daughter to learn to love herself and not feel bad about it.

Ian said, “Nakakapanghinayang lang, isa lang ang buhay natin. Tapos kapag nabuhay ka parang apologetic ka pa na nahihiya ka sa sarili mo, hindi mo mailabas ang pagkatao mo. Parang what a waste of life.”

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Even Ian’s wife also didn’t hesitate to accept her own daughter’s sexuality.

The actor shared, “Eventually sinabi ko sa kanya (sa asawa ko). Sabi ko sa kanya, ‘Paano kapag nagka-boyfriend si Dids, okay lang?’ ‘Okay lang.’ ‘Paano kung magka-girlfriend si Dids, okay lang?’ Sabi niya, ‘Kung saan siya masaya, masaya ako.’ So she has full support of the whole family.”

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