Jake Ejercito on daughter Ellie, fatherhood, and Star Awards win
MANILA, Philippines – Jake Ejercito hasn't said much about his daughter Ellie since he was named as the father back in September. But in an interview with Pep after the Star Awards for Music and Television on Sunday, October 23, Jake spoke about Ellie, fatherhood, and more.
“I mean, hindi naman deserve ni Ellie na, you know, na itago. (I mean, Ellie does not deserve to be hidden.)
“Never ko naman siyang ikinahiya, e,” he said. (I was never ashamed of her.)
Andi's sister Maxene Eigenmann previously said that Jake was the father of Ellie in a guest appearance on Mo Twister's podcast.
Jake said that he refused to talk about the issue because he was only trying to protect Ellie and because many people got involved in the issue.
Jake said that initially, he was surprised when he found out he was Ellie's dad, but that he's happy and has no regrets. He also said that he has always been there, even since Andi's pregnancy.
Jake said that Ellie has brought him so much inspiration and changed his life.
“Syempre, mas motivated ako ngayon. (Of course I'm more motivated now.)
“Life has a whole new meaning. Mas responsible rin in a way.” (READ: Jake Ejercito posts sweet message for Ellie)
As for his relationship status with Andi, Jake admitted that they still have to iron things out, and that he just hopes to see Ellie more. (READ: Andi Eigenmann on ex Jake Ejercito, dating life)
As for Albie Casiño, whose name was also linked to the issue, Jake said he would rather let it be.
“The thing nga, personally, I didn’t pinpoint on anyone.
“So I don’t see a need… me, personally, to apologize," he said adding that he never fought with Albie.
Jake attended the Star Awards where he won the Best New Male Personality along with Simon "Onyok" Pineda. (LIST: Winners, PMPC Star Awards 2016 – television)
It was during his speech that he dedicated the award to Ellie. He also thanked the team from Eat Bulaga, where he makes guest appearances on Kalyeserye, as Maine Mendoza's classmate. – Rappler.com