Matet De Leon on mom Nora Aunor: ‘Hindi ko na siya kakausapin ulit’
Matet De Leon vents her frustration over being blindsided by mom Nora Aunor and brother over business.
The rift between Nora Aunor and her daughter Matet De Leon continues to grow, especially after the latest issue over business.
Last December 4, Matet couldn’t hold back her frustration upon learning that her mom has decided to sell a product that directly competed with hers.
“All of a sudden, nagulat na lang ako, naglabas ang nanay ko ng direktang kumpitensya ng produkto ko. Alam niyang may produkto akong ganyan,” she lamented on her Instagram.
“Honor thy father and mother. How? How can I do that now?” continued Matet. “Ay, ampon pala ako.”
The actress was adopted by Nora and her then-partner, actor Christopher de Leon. Also adopted are her siblings Lotlot, Kenneth, and Kiko. Her brother Ian is the only biological child of the couple.
She also disclosed that someone told her to just resell her mom’s products despite her business being established first.
In an interview with Ogie Diaz, Matet revealed that it was her youngest brother Kenneth De Leon who told her so.
“‘Yung sinabi ng kapatid ko na, ‘[Bakit ‘di] ka na lang mag-resell ka ng products ni mommy?’ Ginano’n ako ng bunso namin,” she said.
Matet shared that had they been upfront with her and consulted her about the idea from the beginning, she may have considered doing so.
“Baka nga ginawa ko pa ‘yon kung napag-usapan,” she said.
As it happened, Matet felt betrayed because they went behind her back to create a competing product. She admitted that it was upsetting to find out that her brother and his girlfriend also worked with Nora on creating the products.
“Ang alam ko, tinago nila sa akin because the girlfriend of my brother — both of them — kasama sila sa nagbuo nito,” she explained.
Adding insult to injury was the fact that she wasn’t even informed of the plan, despite being with said girlfriend prior to the revelation.
“Bakit hindi niyo sinabi kung walang intensyong mang-asar?” she questioned. “Kasama ko pa ‘yung girlfriend kasi lilipat sila malapit sa bahay namn… Tinitingnan ako sa mata nung bagets nang parang walang nangyayari. “
In another Instangram post, Matet further explained exactly why she was upset.
“I will clear this out for the blind ones. It’s not about the products,” she stressed. “Ang masakit sa akin hindi ‘yung produkto, ‘yung ginawa niya mismo.”
When the story broke out, there were many who hurled hurtful words towards her and her siblings.
“Tuwing may gagawin na sablay si mommy, kahit ‘di kami nagsasalita, kami ang binabanatan niyo. Bakit gano’n?” she questioned.
After years of this, Matet said that she has learned to become numb to the bashing.
“It doesn’t hurt me anymore — what they’re saying — because no. 1: they don’t know the truth. No. 2: they’re just there for the circus of all of this,” she explained.
Still, there were those who sympathized with Matet and supported her products. While Matet was grateful that her items sold out, it was bittersweet because she felt it came “at the expense of [her] relationship with [her] mother. “
The rift between Nora and her children has been going on for years, and this issue is just one of many. Matet said that while bits and pieces of their story has come out, the public still do not know the full extent of it.
Matet and her siblings have been subjected to criticisms over their conflict with their mom, and have been called ungrateful. Matet begged to disagree.
“Nagbabayad [pa rin] ako ng utang na loob kasi marami pa kayong hindi alam,” Matet revealed. “‘Pag lumabas ‘yon, masisira lahat.”
She said as much in her own vlog.
“Parang hindi na [maaayos] kasi hindi ko alam kung paano mo magagawa ‘yan sa anak mo. Hirap na hirap kaming magkakapatid,” she said. “Paulit-ulit na lang.”
“Para kaming nakatali, para kaming nakabusal na sinasampal niyong lahat [na] wala kaming kwentang ampon,” she added. “Hindi namin masabi sa inyo ‘yung pinagdaanan namin kasi masisira si mommy.”
Matet clarified that she had no intention to speak ill of her mother, and that she accepted Ogie’s invitation simply to air her side of the story. However, she did admit that while she still loves her mother Nora, she couldn’t see how things can still be patched up between her and her mom.
“Hindi ko na siya kakausapin ulit,” Matet stated. “Kasi parang sa akin, ginawa ko na ang lahat.”
Nevertheless, Matet maintains respect for her mother and wishes her good health.
“Makakaasa pa rin naman siya ng respeto galing sa amin at katahimikan sa mga hindi dapat pag-usapan,” promised Matet. “‘Yung health niya pinagdadasal ko gabi-gabi ‘yan. Ayaw nating may mangyaring masama [sa kanya].”