Heart recalls how parents disapproved of Jericho

Posted at 03/25/2013 1:20 PM | Updated as of 03/25/2013 5:23 PM

Heart: I deserve to be happy

Heart Evangelista

MANILA - This is not the first time Heart Evangelista's parents Cecille and Rey Ongpauco have expressed their disapproval of their daughter's boyfriend.

Once again, the actress finds herself in a collision course with her parents who lambasted her current boyfriend, Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero, at a press conference last week.

Years ago, it was also widely reported that her parents were also against actor Jericho Rosales, who Evangelista previously confessed to be her greatest love.

"Hindi na bagong balita 'yan. This is not the first time it happened. At that time, I was very young kaya nagparaya ako. I thought that would make my parents happy. I understand they want the best for me and that they are very protective of me," Evangelista said in an interview with "Startalk TX" that aired on Sunday.

Despite her parents opposition to Escudero, Evangelista believes her new romance will have a happy ending this time around.

"Yes, definitely maa-iron out. We've been down this road before. Huwag na nilang ilayo ang taong mahal ko kasi ilang beses na din akong nagparaya. This time I deserve to be happy, everyone deserves to be happy," the actress said, stressing that this time she will fight for her happiness.

In the interview, Evangelista also denied her parent's claims that the senator is arrogant and disrespectful, saying Escudero is a "wonderful guy."

"I would like to say na walang katotohanan ang lahat ng mga 'yan. He is a wonderful guy and I will support him all the way," she said.

The "Sosy Problems" actress also appealed to her parents to allow her be happy with Escudero, especially since she believes he is the right man for her.

"Nahanap ko na 'yung taong para sa akin. Huwag na nilang ilayo ang taong mahal ko. Masaya na ako and everybody deserves to be happy," she said. "There's a time that you know, you have the right to decide who to love, who to be with."

Last week, the parents of Evangelista appealed to senator to leave their daughter alone.