When someone is thrust into the limelight at an early age, they interpret the experience differently. Such was the case with ex-Hashtags member Ronnie Alonte, who acknowledges that as a newcomer in entertainment, he let celebrity get to him.
“Lumaki talaga yung ulo ko noon,” he tells Toni Gonzaga in a recent interview. “Siyempre kapag baguhan tapos nabigyan ka ng break, nakilala ka ng tao, yung mga fans nandiyan, ikinalaki po ng ulo ko yun,” she says. Minsan ko nakakalimutan yung mga kaibigan kong non-showbiz na totoo kong kaibigan kasi gusto ko makipaghalubilo sa mga artista. “I’m an artist, eh.”
In a 2019 interview, he revealed that when he got his ~big break~ after his guesting on Gandang Gabi Vice in 2015, Ronnie would find himself choosing to spend time with his fellow celebrities, often forgetting his childhood friends in the process.
“Sabi ko parang hindi ako ito kasi hindi naman ako ganito. Kaya nung na-realize ko yun, bumalik ako sa Biñan, nakipag-[reconnect] ako sa mga kaibigan ko. Hanggang ngayon, ganun pa rin,” he explains.
Don’t worry, though! According to the actor, he has regretted his previous decisions and promised himseld that it would never happen again. He says, “Hindi ako magbabago talaga, promise ho. Napagsisihan ko na.” We’ve got your back, Ronnie!