MANILA – With speculations that he is a homosexual, Kapamilya actor-host Luis Manzano simply laughs it off but stresses that “there is nothing wrong with being gay.”
Although not part of the LGBT community, Manzano is still “angry when people use the word as a way to hurt me.” He says: “Bakla (gay) is not a derogatory term. What’s foul is that it is given a wrong connotation and is used to attack other people.”
Already rumored for his sexual preference, the 34-year-old Kapamilya star’s former girlfriend actress Angel Locsin is also allegedly said to be a lesbian. Aware of this, he has this to say: “It’s part of the industry… We’re so used to name-calling. In this industry, I’ve proven that the saying ‘where there’s smoke, there’s fire’ is not true at all”
Manzano also thanks his ex-girlfriend for defending him and his sexuality. The former celebrity couple still maintains a good working relationship despite their split a couple of months back.
“We’ve been through a lot. As a couple and as individuals. We’ve both become more mature. Yes, we felt uncomfortable for a while, but not anymore. At this point, we’re friends. I don’t want to add color… Let’s just leave it at that,” he says at the press conference of his game show “Family Feud” as reported by the Inquirer.net.
Despite all the controversies, the television host looks up to his mother Batangas Governor Vilma Santos-Recto who he claims has well been able to handle her own share of issues.