Does Andi Eigenmann Owe Albie Casiño a Public Apology?
Dec 3, 2021   •   Kaira Guererro
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Dec 3, 2021   •   Kaira Guererro
Many were dismayed when Pinoy Big Brother: Kumunity Season 10 housemate Albie Casiño got evicted last November 13. His journey was “short but sweet,” as he would later describe in an Instagram post. But that was inside Big Brother’s house. Outside of it await a decade-long controversy brought to the limelight once again by Casiño being part of PBB. In his recent interviews, he talks about how the paternity issue with his ex-girlfriend Andi Eigenmann ruined his career and wrecked him emotionally. He also talked about how he is still waiting for a public apology after all these years. What happened between the two?
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Eigenmann soon went on to give birth to her first child, her daughter Ellie. But the true identity of the father wasn’t revealed until half a decade later. When she broke up with Casiño in 2011, she got together with Jake Ejercito, former president Joseph Estrada’s son.
Everyone was left to speculate whether Eigenmann’s daughter was Casiño’s or Ejercito’s but Eigenmann’s family was clear — it was the former’s. She even confidently stated so in her blog post published in September 2011. Meanwhile, Casiño’s family said they would be happy to take the responsibility but they would also like to have the child get a DNA test.
The remark provoked the ire of Jose and Mark Gil, Eigenmann’s father. They came to their daughter’s defense. While Gil didn’t name-drop Casiño, he did tell him to man up and admit he’s the father even if he has no intention of fulfilling that role. Jose, for her part, reiterated that she refuses the DNA test request and that she never wants to see Casiño’s family again.
If Casiño’s career was in a slow decline before that, the fresh issues cost him more projects. He had so much potential, but this controversy tarnished his reputation.
Five years later, in 2016, Ejercito confirmed he is Ellie’s biological father. They did a DNA test after all in 2015 which proved the fact. This dramatic conclusion came after half a decade of Eigenmann telling everyone it was Casiño who was the father.
He was asked about his previous relationship with Eigenmann. “I’m kind of tired of covering up for her, bro, you know what I mean? I’m not gonna hold my tongue so you can look good anymore,” he said. Casiño shared that Eigenmann never apologized for the damage he did to his career when she dragged his name in 2011.
The actor expressed that he doesn’t want to talk to Eigenmann again, even if they crossed paths. “So I’d rather not talk to her. If she tries to talk, I’m just going to look at her like she has poop on her shirt. That’s all I’m going to do,” Casiño continued.
LOOK: Kapatid ni Andi Eigenmann na si Stevie, naglabas ng “resibo” o ebidensya sa pag-apologize ni Andi kay Albie Casiño.
And the plot thickens 🍵🍿🍵🍿
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Casiño saying Eigenmann didn’t apologize to him didn’t sit well with her sister, Stevie Eigenmann. She took to Instagram to post a screenshot of a conversation between the ex-couple. The exchange happened in September 2020.
“The person you met once before was very young, and lost, and quite obviously a completely different person from who I am today, so on behalf of the old me, I apologize, Albie,” said Eigenmann in the screenshot. “Sorry for all that volatility I may have caused you in the past, and for being so young and naive, dragging you into something you were never supposed to be part of.”
Casiño responded by saying “I never asked for an apology and I never needed one.” “I look at it like we’ve both moved on and we’re both different people now. I just thought I’d have a laugh about it, [because] if we can’t laugh at our past hardships in life, it’s kinda like being a slave to the moment still. Again, no ill will or hard feelings,” he added.
She also challenged Casiño saying she will reveal to the public how he allegedly beat up Eigenmann even when she was pregnant. This is an allegation that Casiño denied multiple times before.
The paternity controversy caused irreparable damage, said Casiño, career-wise and emotionally. He clarified that him telling Eigenmann on Instagram that he “didn’t need an apology” was a lie. He just said that since he wanted the conversation to end and he didn’t want to “waste more time” talking to her.
During his recent Cinema News interview, he shared afresh how the 2011 issue hurt his then-rising showbiz career. He eventually recovered having starred in On the Wings of Love, Los Bastardos, and Pusong Ligaw. But those projects could’ve been more.
“Let’s take away all of the bashing, all of the defamings of my name in public, even my family’s name. They even went up to my mom, all the while knowing I wasn’t the dad. Let’s take that out of consideration. How about the fact that I lost millions of pesos worth of projects and endorsements from that?” he said.
“And it wasn’t just a hundred thousand, bro. It’s a million pesos worth of, I guess, ‘damages’ because that’s literally money that they took out of my bank account. That’s money that could have changed my family’s life. Money that could have changed my life, right? So how can I be okay with them? Why would I be okay with them?” he continued.
Casiño still expressed frustration about how Eigenmann kept him in the middle of that controversy for five years and then didn’t officially clear his name when the truth came out. He is still waiting for her long-overdue public apology.
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It looks like Eigenmann has opted to keep mum this time around. She is currently living in Siargao and happily engaged to professional surfer Philmar Alipayo. The couple has two kids, Lilo and Koa. And with her oldest daughter, Ellie, living with them, Eigenmann’s life is nothing but picture-perfect. Meanwhile, Albie and his fans are still waiting on an apology for closure. Will she give it?
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