Action star Robin Padilla has admitted that he has had 15 serious relationships before Mariel Rodriguez, 10 of which all ended in marriage and divorce.
The “bad boy” of Philippine movies also admitted taking drugs and was jailed for the offense.
He said he has repented for going into drugs, adding that he has reformed since.
Robin made the revelation to serve as a lesson to the youth.
Now 41, Robin said he hopes to be an example of a person who made a major mistake in life but did something to make it right, particularly on the issues of taking drugs.
“Gusto kong maging aral ang buhay ko. Balang araw, kapag nabanggit ang pangalan ko, sana masabi nila, ‘Ito ang ginawa niya.’ Para kapag napagkuwentuhan ka naman, may aral na mapulot,” said Robin.
“Napahirap po ng makulong. ‘Di ko sinasabing pinagsisisihan ko ito pero ang mali po kasi talaga doon ay ang pagdro-droga. Dapat isipin po ng mga kabataan na magsaya at mag-enjoy sa buhay na ‘di gumagamit ng droga at wala dapat inaapakan na iba,” he said.
On women, Robin, who is a Muslim convert, revealed that he met and got hooked to many girls.
“Sa iba’t ibang lugar ko po sila nakilala at pinakasalan. Mayroon sa Japan, isa sa Thailand. Sa Pilipinas po ay mga pito. Hindi ko na maalala kung saang bansa iyong isa,” said Robin.
“Iba kasi ako pag na-in love. Lahat naman sila minahal ko ng totoo. Pero ngayon masasabi kong masayang-masaya ako sa aking bagong pag-ibig,” he said.
He said he and wife Mariel Rodriguez would finally walk down the aisle early next year for a Christian wedding.
The couple earlier scheduled the wedding for December 25, 2010 but it was rescheduled to early next year, possibly January, he said.
“Natapos kasi iyong usapin ng church wedding namin nung hindi pa dumarating iyong papers ng Shariah divorce namin ni Liezl (Sicangco). Pero pagkadating po namin galing sa India, niregaluhan po kami ng tadhana sa paglabas po ng Sharia divorce papers. So, ngayon lang po parang official na talagang divorced na po ako sa Shariah,” Robin said.
Robin made the disclosures at the launching of “Star Studio Plus: Idol” magazine at the Power Plant Mall in Makati City and reported extensively by Angela B. Lopez de Leon. The magazine also carried the disclosures or confessions of the action star.
“Kaya kahapon lang po namin ulit napag-usapan ni Mariel ang tungkol sa church wedding dahil naayos na ito (Shariah divorce). Baka sa January po matuloy na,” he added.
Sharia is a religious code for Muslims, in the same way that the Bible offers a moral system for Christians. It is used to refer both to the Islamic system of law and the totality of the Islamic way of life.
Within Sharia law, offenses such as pre-marital sex, adultery, drinking of alcohol, theft, and robbery are punishable.
According to Angela de Leon’s report, Robin’s marriage to former wife Leizel, his partner for 20 years, was annulled under the Sharia sometime in October.
Robin and Leizel have four children – Roselle Elizabeth, Kylie Nicole, Sherileen Zel, and Ali.
Robin met Mariel when he became a guest host at the defunct noontime show of ABS-CBN “Wowowee” for two weeks.
Robin and Mariel tied the knot in the famous landmark, the Taj Mahal in India last August 29, 2010.
It was reported that the couple also got married in Benguet last September 13, 2010.