Chito Miranda, the singer of popular Filipino band Parokya Ni Edgar, has been mired in a scandal along with girlfriend Neri Naig, a former model.
Miranda on his Instagram account apologized for a “private video” him and his girlfriend that apparently leaked onto the Internet. “Thank you for your prayers,” he continued.
According to local reports, the video–which included explicit acts–was uploaded to YouTube before it was taken down. Some people took screenshots and uploaded them to social media networks.
“I am asking for forgiveness from our families for this unfortunate incident,” Miranda said in a blend of English and Filipino.
“Our hard drive was stolen from our room in our house along with several other stuff…,” he added on Twitter to his 500,000 followers.
Media reports said that he will not grant media interviews over the matter.
On Twitter, Filipino users expressed a mixture of sadness and sympathy.
“Ok. so now Chito Miranda’s trending. So wat if may scandal siya?That doesn’t make him any less of a person. Move on! I’m still a fan of PNE,” referring to his band Parokya Ni Edgar, said one user.
“Let’s give them respect,” another wrote.
“Aw feel so sorry for Chito Miranda and Neri Naig’s video. Tsk. Privacy people!” wrote another.
Parokya Ni Edgar is pop rock band that formed in 1993, winning numerous awards and selling hundreds of thousands of albums.