Real Reason Why Mariko Ledesma Backed Out of 'TNT'

Mariko Ledesma backed out of singing search 'Tawag Ng Tanghalan' amid heavy criticism, the singer revealed the real reason why she had to quit.

The Filipino transgender woman recently joined the roster of contestants vying for the grand prize via a controversial win against fellow "resbaker" Mariane Osabel, whom netizens favored. Critics insisted that the latter was more deserving to earn the slot.

In a Facebook post, Ledesma said she decided to back out of the singing competition because of depression.

"Hindi madali sa akin ang pag quit ko sa tnt pero mas mahihirapan po ako kung ipagpapatuloy ko pa ang laban kung ay nag sa suffer sa depression .. Opo “Depression po."

The singer-entertainer revealed the real reason why she had to quit after defeating Osabel saying that bashers went as far as personal attacks on social media through private messages, direct messages, and texts.

"After po ng Laban ko kay Mariane samut saring pangbabatikos po ang inabot ko at masyadong personal po ang pangba bash na inabot ko. Mula pm, dm at dumating pa Sa point na may txt pa."

Ledesma thanked the people who believed in her and have given her the love and support. She also wished that they continue to support the grand finalists as they deserve what they have reached so far.

She likewise thanked "It's Showtime" for accepting her decision.

"Sana patuloy nyo paring suportahan ang mga grand finalists ng TNT dahil po sila ay deserve sa kinalalagyan nila. Salamat po sa showtime sa buong puso nilang pagtangap sa aking disisyon. Tatanawin ko pong malaking utang na loob Ito. Godbless us all."

Those competing for the grand prize on 'TNT' include Elaine Duran, Charizze Arnigo, Jonas Onate, Julius Cawaling, Violeta Bayawa, John Michael Dela Cerna, Ranillo Enriquez, John Mark Saga, Rafaello Canedo, Shaina Mae Allaga, and Kim Nemenzo.