Andrea Brillantes is a lot like other 13-year-olds in terms of being a total fangirl, updating her social accounts, or hobbies. What's different is she gets flak for almost everything she does—she gets called out for being a "fake fan," wearing clothes that are "not appropriate for her age," or even her "pabebe" speaking voice—sadly, just one of the downsides of being a celebrity. The upside is, being hated on has taught her how to be strong and tune out the negative things that come her way even at such a young age. Below, she shares her tips on dealing with the haters and bashers.
- Know that you can't please everybody.
"Hindi lahat [ng tao] magugustuhan ka. Madaming magiging against sa'yo pero gawin mo lang kung anong gusto mo."
- Turn to the people who you value and who value you.
"Wala din akong care [sa haters] kasi madami akong supporters. Madami din nagmamahal sa 'kin, so kung may nag he-hate sa inyo, isipin niyo nalang na mas madaming nag-ma-mahal sa inyo and i-balewala mo nalang sila."
- Ignore the comments especially if you know the real story.
"Ako, nag-po-post ako ng Harley Quinn [-related stuff] kahit walang naniniwala sa akin at iniisip nila na 'carrot' ako or fake fan. Nag-po-post ako about Ariana Grande, Nirvana, The Beatles, pero wala akong care [sa negative comments] kasi alam ko naman na 'di ako fake fan."
- Kill 'em with kindness
"Gusto ko lang sabihin [sa haters], I love you, good luck, take care, study hard, God bless sa life, and kung ano man ang pinag-da-daanan mo dyan kaya parang hate na hate mo 'yung world, hayaan mo na. Maging masaya na tayong lahat. And spread the love."
Watch Andrea read some of her haters' comments and react to what they have to say in the video below.