Xander Ford on alleged bad attitude: Others 'misunderstand' me

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 11) — Internet star Xander Ford denied claims that his dramatic transformation had gotten to his head.

"Hindi naman po totoo yung sinasabi nila na ganoon po ako kasi ganito lang po talaga ako," he told CNN Philippines on Wednesday. "Masyado lang makulit, so nami-misunderstood lang ng ibang tao kung ano po ako ngayon."

[Translation: Their claims that I have a bad attitude aren't true because I'm just like this. I'm just too pesky, so other people misunderstand who I am now.]

"Yung mga tao po siguro, masyado po silang judgemental," Ford added. "Siguro jinu-judge lang nila yung tao, kung ano yung naririnig nila, pero hindi yung paano nila nakikita or nakasama na nila."

[Translation: I think people are too judgemental. I suppose they judge others based on what they hear, but not based on what they see or on how they interacted with the person.]

Ford, who was formerly known online as Marlou Arizala, took social media by storm on October 1 when he debuted his new look on ABS-CBN's lifestyle show, "Rated K."

Read: #XanderFord trends as internet celebrity reveals new look

On Friday, radio host and talent manager Ogie Diaz said on Facebook that Ford was "mayabang," according to an unnamed female singer.


In a now-deleted Facebook post, Ford slammed the allegations, saying that older people are the ones dragging him down instead of understanding him.

Diaz responded to Ford in an Sunday Facebook post, saying that he merely gave Ford advice.


"Wag kang mag-play api-apihan, anak," he said. "Walang umaapi sa yo. Wag kang umastang kawawa, kasi hindi ka kinakawawa. Nangyayari lang ang panlalait sa yo ng ibang tao kasi ikaw ang gumagawa ng dahilan para laitin ka nila."

[Translation: Don't play the victim, my child. No one is harassing you. Don't play the victim because no one is hurting you. All these bad things that people are saying about you is because you are giving them a reason to do so.]

Diaz added that Ford should be humble so that people would look at him positively.

For his part, Ford said on Wednesday that he partly agreed with what Diaz said.

"Tama naman po yung sinabi ni Tito Ogie," he said. "Totoo naman na kailangan maging humble, patient and dapat(may) respeto sa ibang tao."

[Translation: What Tito Ogie said is right. It's true that you need to be humble, patient and that you should respect other people.]

After Diaz's post, Ford's management said on Sunday that the 19-year-old star's alleged bad attitude are down to Ford "being a typical teenager with his jolly character."


"This has been exaggerated to being boastful," the group said on Facebook. "Xander is not perfect. He is just a regular guy who is really working hard to please everyone especially those who doesn't want him to be successful."

Ford had long been a victim of bashing, mostly due to his appearance.

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He told CNN Philippines that he is planning to write a book about cyberbullying.

Read: Xander Ford writing book on cyberbullying