Billy Crawford and Coleen Garcia broke their silence regarding their controversial prenuptial photos that were taken in Ethiopia, Africa.
This, after some netizens perceived them to be racially discriminating.
In a lengthy statement that was posted by TV Patrol's MJ Felipe on Twitter, the couple explained, "It's unfortunate how it was taken out of context. It's far from what we intended. We were invited and sponsored by Ethiopian Airlines to do our shoot there for their tourism and capture their natural environment because we were told that tourism helps their economy. That's why we were in Ethiopia."
They also said that the photos are not their "official" prenuptial shots yet as they are set to do it in the Philippines.
Furthermore, BiCol said that, with a local guide touring them around the place, they "based our layouts off of some of their suggestions."
They described the locals they met as, "So kind, warm, and welcoming, and they love meeting tourists," recounting how they participated in the photoshoot.
"We never forced anyone nor wanted to disrespect any race or culture. People in the Philippines felt disrespected and offended, but being there was a completely different feeling."
In the end, the couple apologized for how the said photos came across to the public.
"It might not even be about the photos per se, but more on how it comes across and what it could represent. Being public figures, dito kami nagkulang and we admit that we could have done better. Kaya, we do apologize for how it might have (been) translated, and we're sorry again to those we have offended."
Read the full statement here:
Image Courtesy: @mjfelipe on Twitter