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Much speculation has gone around that attempted to uncover the reason behind Jodi Sta. Maria’s failed marriage with ex-husband Panfilo Lacson Jr.
Years later, she finally told people her story.
In a press conference in Mandaue City, the Kapamilya star admitted that she turned to drugs and alcohol before and after her separation with Lacson.
Despite her steady rise as a star in the showbiz industry, she admitted that she was empty inside.
During The Perfect Love Conference held last October at the Convention Hall of J. Centre Mall in Mandaue City, she said that “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.”
Jodi and Panfilo had a son, Panfilo III, and was a witness to the chaos they brought home. This led them to the decision to split up. Jodi blames their immaturity as the root of their failed marriage, saying that they were married at a very young age of 22 years old.
The marriage lasted for five years.
During the annulment period, the 34-year old actress admitted how empty she felt and how she thought that she was never going to find another partner because she was “damaged goods.”
The actress also said that her drug abuse had continued up to 2014, until she finally obliged veteran actress Connie Reyes' invitation to attend church where she "found Jesus".
“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 concluded.
Ever since her change of heart, Jodi Sta. Maria has experienced a turn for her life, as people saw her to be more blooming and content with her life.
Recently, she was nominated as Best Actress at the 2016 International Emmy Awards which will be held in New York City.
Aside from this, she has been part of many soap operas and movies such as “Pangako Sa’Yo,” “Noah,” “The Achy Breaky Hearts” and many more.