Singer Laarni Lozada admitted that her life unfolded in a way she did not expect after she became the grand champion of the second season of the now-defunct reality singing competition “Pinoy Dream Academy”.
In an interview with Rommel Placente, Rodel Fernando, and Mildred Bacud for “Showbiz Pamore Tonite”, Lozada said that it seemed like her career was about to take off after she won “Pinoy Dream Academy” since she represented the Philippines in an international contest afterwards.
“After PDA, pumunta ako ng USA. Sumali ako ru’n sa sinalihan ni Kuya Jed Madela, na WCOPA (World of Performing Arts). I got 4 golds and 1 silver. Sa senior category, ‘di ba meron du’n na jazz, gospel, pop, broadway, saka ano pa ba ‘yung isa? Du’n sa apat na ‘yun, ako ‘yung nag-champion at ‘yung isa nga ay silver ang napanalunan ko,” Abante quoted Lozada as saying.
Aside from that she also became a regular performer at ABS-CBN’s weekly variety show “ASAP” for three years, but she left the show to pursue something else outside of show business.
“Ipinagpatuloy ko kasi ‘yung pag-aaral ko. Naka-graduate naman po ako ng kursong Bachelor of Science in Education major in English sa Philippine Women’s University (PWU),” she said.
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She also looked back at how she was portrayed at “Pinoy Dream Academy” since viewers said she had a bit of an attitude during her time in the show, but Lozada explained her side of the story.
“Every morning, pinapakausap kami sa psychiatrist, sa psychologist. Then, pinalalabas ‘yung emotions namin, kung ano ‘yung problema namin sa pamilya, at sa kung ano pa,” she recalled.
“Sabi ko, it’s a singing reality show, at hindi naman po ito Pinoy Big Brother. Sabi ko, kanta na lang po muna. Hangga’t maaari, ayoko po munang ilabas ‘yung problema sa family ko.
“I protected my parents. Kasi siyempre po, kung ilalabas ko ‘yung problema ng pamilya ko, baka wala nang mukha na iharap ang nanay at tatay ko sa mundo, sa dami ng problema namin that time,” she added.
She said that winning the said contest helped her and her family financially, but entering the show business made her the target of bashing which caused her to feel depressed at one point in her life.
“Aminado po ako na na-depress ako noon, kasi hindi ko kinaya ‘yung mga intriga sa akin. Hindi ko alam kung saan nanggagaling ‘yung mga taong naninira sa akin. Na-down po talaga ako, dahil sa bashers ko. And that time, ‘yung family ko po, nasa probinsiya. Hindi ko po kasama noon ‘yung mga taong inaasahan ko na tutulong sa akin, nag-iisa lang po ako that time,” she said.
Lozada was not able to handle all of the hate she was receiving and how the entertainment industry was taking over her life so she decided to leave the country and hide in the United States.
“Nagtago po ako, nag-abroad po ako. Pinuntahan ko na lang po ‘yung tita ko roon. Kain-tulog lang po ako ru’n. Hindi ko na inisip ‘yung mga intriga sa akin,” she said.
Lozada added that aside from the controversies, she found the workload a little bit overwhelming.
“Kasi po dati, umaabot sa apat ang show ko sa loob ng isang araw, kaya talagang nakakapagod.”
Lozada recently appeared on ASAP once again and performed alongside Eumee Capili and Katrina Velarde on separate occasions. According to her social media updates, she has also been doing some shows but she did not disclose if she will be returning to showbiz for good.