MANILA — Regine Velasquez expressed her disappointment Monday over accusations of “credit-grabbing” from some fans of her long-time ward and concert collaborator Sarah Geronimo, telling them, “You guys are breaking my heart.”
Velasquez made the statement via Twitter, as she responded to hurtful words directed at her and her sister Cacai Mitra, who is also her business manager.
Mitra had tweeted about her excitement over the fast sales of tickets to “Unified,” the first joint concert of Velasquez and Geronimo to be held on February 14 and 15, 2020 at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.
“Less than 12 hours and we’re almost sold out except for upperbox and [general admission]! Yehey!” Mitra wrote, tagging the Twitter accounts of her sister and Viva Live, the concert producer.
Some reactions to Mitra’s tweet, supposedly from fans of Geronimo, took issue with the pop star’s account not being tagged, an indication, they said, of “credit-grabbing.”
Several replies to Mitra’s post went as far as enumerating Geronimo’s sold-out solo concerts, with a number claiming it was because of their idol, not Velasquez, that the tickets were selling out rapidly.
The ensuing word war — between fans of Geronimo and Velasquez — prompted the “Araw Gabi” hitmaker to express her dismay with the collaboration being marred with intrigues.
Velasquez wrote: “Gusto ko lang sabihin na sa lahat ng concert na gagawin ito lang ang may issue. My sister probably didn’t know Sarah has a Twitter account and you guys are making such a big [deal] about it. Obvious ba na [collaboration] ito? Naka-tag Viva, right?”
Velasquez’s last two major concerts were both collaborations: with Vice Ganda in February 2019, and then with Sharon Cuneta in October 2019.
“Sa dinami dami kong [collaboration] na ginawa [ko] ngayon lang kami na akusahan na we are taking all the credits… Nakaka-disappoint. I have never experienced this. And I have worked with a lot of artists. Sorry, but you guys are breaking my heart,” Velasquez wrote.
The irony was not lost on other fans of Geronimo, who, in their tweets apologizing to Velasquez, pointed out that the “Forever’s Not Enough” singer has long credited the music veteran as her mentor and inspiration.
Geronimo, 31, had her showbiz breakthrough in 2003 via “Star for A Night,” which was hosted by Velasquez. They have since formed a close relationship, with Velasquez, 49, nicknaming Geronimo her “panganay,” in reference to helping rear her ward’s career over the past decade and a half.