Word spread that Marian Rivera has grown big-headed due to her recent rise in popularity and top ratings yet again for her new soap Dyesebel.
She was quoted as calling Claudine Barretto's similar mermaid teleserye of the past, Marina, "bilasa" (stale). Apparently ABS-CBN is running reruns of Marina to try and compete with the new GMA-7 mermaid soap Dyesebel.
However, Marian denied insulting the opposing network's mermaid rendition, clarifying she only meant that Dyesebel was very fresh, which people then interpreted as meaning Marina was quite stale, or balisa.
"Gusto ko lang klaruhin ang tungkol diyan na wala akong sinasabing bilasa ang Marina," Marian clarified. "Ang sinabi ko, sariwang-sariwa si Dyesebel. Kung mayroong mga taong minasama ang comment ko na yun, problema na nila yun."
"Pero walang dahilan para ma-interpret nila sa maling anggulo yung sinabi ko. Excuse me, hindi ko ugaling mambastos. Wala akong binabanggit na pangalan ng ibang show o network, at ang pinakikialaman ko lang naman ay ang sarili naming show," continued the actress.
And no one could deny the popularity of Marian's show and herself as well. She pulled in much attention with her previous soap Marimar, and was now doing the same with Dyesebel, which has been continuously high in ratings with Mega Manila and NUTAM.