- Singer opened up on his substance abuse and subsequent surrender to police
- He confirmed drug abuse affected his career, said he decided to stop after his daughter’s birth
- He apologized, told young people not to get involved in illegal drugs
MANILA, Philippines – Moral of the story: don’t do drugs.
In an interview with ABS-CBN’s ‘Rated K’, singer and Pinoy Dream Academy runner-up Jay-R Siaboc admitted to have used methamphetamine (shabu) for a number of years before finally stopping.
Siaboc said his drug use greatly affected his career; forcing him to drop out from several stints.
“Nagkaroon ako ng mga mali-maling desisyon. Nangyari pa nga sa akin na ‘yung ibang mga shows ko, hindi ko na nababalikan. Kaya humihingi po ako ng sorry sa mga ganun,” he said.
[I made many wrong decisions. It even happened that I didn’t return to some of my shows, and I apologize for that.]
The singer, who denied he was a drug trafficker, added he decided to give up his ways after the birth of his daughter.
“Tumigil na talaga ako nung nagkaanak na ako. Wake up call sa akin na hindi lang buhay ko ang dapat kong isipin. Nung nagkaanak ako, nagbago ang pananaw ko sa buhay. Kailangan ko nang i-straight ang landas ko,” he said.
[I stopped when my daughter was born. It was a wake-up call for me that I shouldn’t only think of myself. When I had a child, my perspective in life changed. I needed to straighten up my path.]
Siaboc also advised young people not to dabble in illegal drugs because they’ll just end up destroying their lives.
“Ang masasabi ko lang sa mga teenagers, mga bata ngayon, huwag na huwag ninyo po subukang gumamit. Pagka may nag-alok sa inyo, mga barkada n’yo, huwag n’yo na po talaga umpisahan kasi totoo pong mahirap tumigil. Saka marami pong tao na madadamay, lalong-lalo na po ‘yung buhay ninyo, talagang sinisira n’yo lang talaga pagka subukan n’yong gumamit,” he said.
[All that I can say to the teenagers, the young people today, is never never try it. When someone in your peer group offers you, don’t give in because it’s true that it’s hard to stop. Then so many people will be affected including you, you’ll just end up destroying your lives if you’ll try it.]