Singer Rex Smith insults Charice in Cebu
MANILA -- (UPDATED) Singer Charice was insulted by American singer Rex Smith while she was rehearsing for a corporate show at a hotel in Cebu early this week.
According to Charice's manager Glenn Aldueza, the "Pyramid" hitmaker was doing her sound check for the event when the incident happened.
"We went there on time (2 p.m.) and she's doing the sound check with the musical director. Then suddenly a foreigner came up to the stage and then he pointed his finger to Charice and told Charice, 'Can you please stop what you are doing.' Then nakipag-away si Rex Smith doon sa musical director kasi sabi ng musical director, 'Can't you see somebody is rehearsing?'" Aldueza told ABS-CBNNews.com in an interview on Thursday.
"Actually when he left the stage nag-F word siya," he added.
"(Charice) was shocked and according to her wala pang nakakagawa sa kanya ng ganoon, especially American artists na mataas ang respect sa kanya."
After the incident, Aldueza said someone from the team of Ovation Productions, which brought Smith to the Philippines, apologized to them, saying the American will personally say sorry to Charice .
"Pero hindi nangyari 'yon," the manager said, referring to the apology.
"Ayaw (ni Charice) na palakihin' yung nangyari pero as a manager we deserve an apology," he added.
According to Renen de Guia of Ovation Production, the incident was a case of misunderstanding, adding that they have already "sincerely apologized" to Charice and her group.
"It was a case of misunderstanding. He was not even aware that there will be another act featured before him which was Charice. It was a corporate event. Upon entering the backstage, he went straight to the stage and made a comment about the set-up. He was suddenly shouted at by this guy who turned out to be Charice's Fil-am musical director," de Guia said.
"Rex loves Filipinos immensely and Filipinos love him back. I went to Charice and her group to sincerely apologize about the incident that we really didn't know that she was doing a sound check," he added.
Smith, known for hits like "Simply Jessie" and "You Take My Breath Away" during the 1970s, regularly stages concerts in the Philippines.