Mariko Ledesma has said she is taking time out to deal with the "depression" she experienced following her controversial win on "Tawag ng Tanghalan."
Ledesma issued the statement on Facebook, after her decision to back out of the shows' grand finals scheduled to begin next week was revealed during Saturday's "It's Showtime."
"Hindi madali sa akin ang pag quit ko sa 'TNT' pero mas mahihirapan po ako kung ipagpapatuloy ko pa ang laban kung [ako] ay nag sa-suffer sa depression," she admitted.
Ledesma was given a spot in the grand finals last week, though many felt that "resbaker" Mariane Osabel, whom she defeated, deserved to have the chance to compete for the grand prize.
It led to fans accusing the contest of being "rigged" because of how low the judges rated Osabel's performance, which resulted in her being knocked out in favor of Ledesma.
"After po ng laban ko kay Mariane ay samu't-saring pangbabatikos po ang inabot ko at masyadong personal po ang pangba-bash na inabot ko," Ledesma shared. "Mula pm, DM at dumating pa sa point na may text pa."
She added: "Sana po ay itigil ninyo na po ang pangba-bash kasi tao po kami, nasasaktan at hindi ninyo po alam kung anong epekto nito sa taong bina-bash ninyo."
"Nawa'y maging malawak po sana ang isip nating lahat na sa isang kompetisyon may mananalo at may matatalo.
"Sana patuloy ninyo pa rin suportahan ang mga grand finalists ng 'TNT' dahil po sila ay deserve sa kinalalagyan nila."
KIM NEMENZO GETS SPOT IN GRAND FINALS
Ledesma was scheduled to compete in the show's grand finals next week.
Her decision to back out was announced right before another "resbaker," Kim Nemenzo, was added to the roster of finalists.
Nemenzo joins Elaine Duran, Ranillo Enriquez, John Mark Saga, John Michael Dela Cerna, Charizze Arnigo, Jonas Onate, Violeta Bayawa, Julius Cawaling, Rafaello Canedo and Shaina Mae Allaga.