Jodi Sta. Maria admits using drugs before

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The actress revealed that she used to be a drug user during the hardest times of her life.

Many years after separating from husbandPanfilo Lacson Jr., 34-year-old Jodi Sta. Maria finally revealed her plight during that time and admitted to have used illegal drugs to suppress her emotions.

The actress broke silence about her painful experiences during The Perfect Love conference held in Mandaue City.

“My life was such a mess na hindi ko alam kung saan ako magsisimula. Wala nang magmamahal sa akin kasi separada na ako, segunda mano,” she said.

“Before becoming a workaholic, I became an alcoholic. I drank day and night. I even drank during tapings, ang gusto ko kasi masolusyunan ‘yung feeling ko of pain and emptiness. When alcohol wasn’t enough, I turned to drugs. I felt empty. I pretended to be okay when the truth is hindi naman talaga. I was in and out of bad relationships that left me all the more wounded and broken,” she added.

Jodi said that it was their immaturity that caused their failed marriage and this had affected their now 10-year-old son, Thirdy.

“I got married at the age of 22. The marriage lasted for five years. Siguro, inisip ko, nagpakasal kami at a very young age na we didn’t really know each other. Instead of bringing out the best in each other, it brought out the worst in us. At that point, we could not protect Thirdy from the chaos in the home, so we decided to separate,” she said.

"While the annulment was ongoing, all the more that I felt lost and broken, alam nyo kung gaano ito ka-pangit na ilahad sa korte lahat ng detalye, simula ng mag-ligawan kayo, hanggang sa maging mag-boyfriend kayo, hanggang sa kinasal kayo, hanggang sa kung ano man ang nangyari kung bakit kayo naghiwalay. My life was such a mess na hindi ko na alam kung saan ako magsisimula. I needed attention. I needed acknowledgment. It even showed in the relationship I had with him. No matter how unhealthy and abusive, I stayed in the relationship because it felt okay, may nagmamahal sa akin at may nakakapansin,” she added.

The turning point in her life happened when veteran actress Connie Reyes invited her to attend the church. Reyes started to invite her in 2010 but Jodi refused. In 2014, she finally decided to go with her.

“Nahihiya na kasi ako, kasi ang tagal na niyang ini-invite ako, but there, dun ko nakilala ang Panginoon,” Jodi said. Then ‘Be Careful with My Heart’ came. This teleserye was a major turning point in my life because I had everything—because I found Jesus. I had a major concert abroad, sold-out, but backstage, I was crying. Fame and money were empty. There was nothing on top,” Jodi said.

“I have a newfound respect for my body now, and I have to take care of it. Maayos itong ibinibigay sa akin ng Panginoon, maayos ko din itong isasauli sa kanya,” she added.

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