Maine Mendoza let it all out on Sunday afternoon after posting on Twitter a three-page open letter addressed to her fans.
"I do not actually know how to start writing this letter; and I do not actually know either if it is right to do this," writes Maine.
She then thanked her fans for the support, love, and sacrifices they have given to her and to her love team partner Alden Richards.
And then she bravely let her heart say the things she had long kept to herself.
"By the end of this letter I am pretty sure majority of you are going to turn your backs on me and probably hate on me. Pero sabi nga nila, speak the truth even if your voice shakes."
Maine expressed her feelings of being imprisoned in her own fame, of being repressed to express her true emotions.
"I am at this point where I feel like I live in a box. I have not been able to do what I want and say what I feel because every time I try to express my thoughts and feelings, some of you tend to misapprehend and invalidate them in so many ways."
Among other things, Maine expressed her hurt that people feel entitled to her personal life and choices.
"Minsan nga tinatanong ko ang sarili ko, sino ba talaga ang gumawa sa sakin? Ang Diyos ba o sila? Pagmamay-ari ba nila buong pagkatao ko para diktahan ako sa halos lahat ng bagay? Bakit ganun? Ganun ba dapat kapag mahal mo 'yung tao? Susubukan mong kontrolin nang naaayon sa kagustuhan mo? Dahil tingin mo 'yun 'yung tama? Dahil tingin mo doon siya liligaya?"
The young star admits she's not happy anymore because of the people surrounding her.
"Napagtanto ko na nakokompromiso na 'yung kalayaan at kaligayahan ko... I do not want to compromise my own happiness for other people's desires. So this time, I am choosing myself. Ako naman."
She also clarified that she and Alden are just friends and a love team. She mentioned their families, friends, and co-workers who, at some point in their love team's career, became the subject of Aldub fans' bashing.
"Kahit sinong madikit sa amin pinag-iisipan at pinagsasalitaan ng hindi maganda. Basta hindi naaayon sa kagustuhan ang mga nakikita, nagagalit. It hurts me seeing them being hurt. It hurts me how some of you are so capable and so proud of throwing so much hate on others - especially on people who care about us."
Maine ends the letter on her hope that her fans would be able to give her and the people she cares about the love and respect every person deserves.
"I will forever cherish the presence of the whole fandom in my life. I do hope I have also given you enough joy for you to give me the freedom I believe I deserve. Freedom to feel what I want to feel, be what I want to be, and do what I want to do. Alden deserves the same, too."