Jake Ejercito Admits Difficulties to Co-Parenting with Andi Eigenmann to Their Child
JAKE EJERCITO – The actor admitted that co-parenting with former partner Andi Eigenmann to their child Ellie is not an easy setup for him.
Jake talked about being a father to his daughter Ellie in an interview with Francine Diaz. Jake told about how he and Andi set up a co-parenting arrangement, noting it wasn’t easy for them both.
It took them some time to discover the “right balance,” according to him. The Marry Me You star claimed they went through a lot of ups and downs like a roller coaster before they were able to cope up to one other.
“Hindi siya madali. And marami na rin kaming pinagdaanan bago kami dumating sa point na ‘to na we found the right balance. Madami kaming pinagdaanan na ups-and-downs na parang roller coaster,” he said.
“Siyempre, when we became parents, twenty-one lang kami pareho. Then siyempre ‘yung pride, ‘yung maturity. So it took a while. Years before kami dumating sa point na ‘to na inuuna na namin ‘yung welfare ni Ellie,” he added.
Ellie is a “energetic youngster,” according to Jake, who says he generally bonds with her over reading. Ellie is quite active in all kinds of activities when she is in Siargao, where his mother and her family live.
“Si Ellie kasi she’s very active eh especially ‘pag nasa Siargao siya. Lagi ‘yang nasa beach or nagba-bike. So, ang gusto kong matutunan niya is ‘yung magbasa ng books. So whenever she’s with me, nahihirapan ako, pinipilit ko siyang magbasa. So, we started with Harry Potter,” he said.
Because Ellie spends the most of her time with her mother Andi in Siargao, Jake says he savors every moment he has with his daughter, who will turn ten this year. Jake admitted that though he isn’t always around her, she makes the majority of their moments memorable.
“Kasi ‘yung setup nga namin, I’m not always with her. Most of the time kasama niya ‘yung mommy niya sa Siargao. So, whenever she’s with me, laging memorable kasi sinusulit ko lagi ‘yung pagkakataon. Kaya nga kahit ayaw ko man, I have no choice but i-spoil siya kasi minsan lang kami magkasama,” he said.
Jake also stated that after Ellie entered his life, his priorities shifted. He went on to say that he feels fulfilled knowing that it is because of him that his child is developing into the person she is today.
“As I said 21 lang ako (at the time he became a father). So ‘yung time na ‘yun parang ang priority ko lumabas, magbarkada, tambay, hangout. So when Ellie came, talagang nagbago ang mundo ko. Hindi na lang sarili ko ‘yung iniisip ko. I have someone to look after, alagaan,” he said.
“So, I guess ‘yung different joy ‘yung nararamdaman ng isang magulang because habang lumalaki ‘yung anak, nakikita mo ‘yung progress. And alam mong part ka nun. And it’s because of you kaya the person your child is becoming is also somehow because of you. Very fulfilling,” he further said.
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