The OG Video of That Kris Aquino Meme Is Peak "I Need An Answer" Energy

Been wondering where that photo came from?

( Kris Aquino is back in the spotlight—this time, as a meme. There's no way you've managed to escape the screencap of her saying "...Because?" in the past 24 hours or so. Practically everyone online has been dropping it in tweets, updates, and even normal conversations. And we totally get it. There's just something about her facial expression that completely encapsulates everything we're feeling right now about well, the world in general: frustrated and in need of an answer.

Kris Aquino and Kim Chiu interview

In case you're wondering where it came from, we have the details! The screencap is from a 2014 interview on Kris TV with Kim Chiu. For some background info, Chiu was there to promote her rom-com movie with Xian Lim, Bride for Rent, but, yup, the interview went from a typical promotional one to a very personal one. You can check out the specific moment where Aquino asked "Because?" in this viral 2020 clip of it.


In the interview, Chiu was having a hard time expressing herself while trying not to break down; Aquino, as host, was patiently waiting for her to give an answer, and dropped the line "So na-touch ka because?" But what was Chiu so sad about? Well, it looks like in a promotional press conference for the same movie a few days before her Kris TV interview, Chiu was asked about the real deal between her and Lim, to which she had replied "We don't owe you any of our personal lives," reports

The couple have always been very private about their relationship, but that didn't stop people from bashing her about her answer. Fast forward to the Kris TV interview, Aquino and Chiu were talking about how her fans had swooped in to defend her and Chiu was understandably too full of gratitude to speak. Thankfully, Aquino, after waiting a bit for Chiu—and giving us that excellent meme moment—took it upon herself to put the younger actor's feelings into words. 

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"Okay, I'll just put it in its proper perspective, ha. You expect celebrities to be so strong about bashing kasi di ba, kailangan matatag ka, kailangan tanggapin mo iyan?" said the host. There are times when the public would pick at the smallest faults of a celebrity, she continued, saying, "Doon mo ma-a-appreciate lahat ng tao na maninindigan para sa iyo. Kasi di ba, kung may isang babato pero mararamdaman mo, may sampung tumayo at sinabing hindi siya ganyan, naniniwala ako sa kanya, mahal ko siya, mas doon ako naiiyak talaga. Sabi ko, my God, they care that much about me na ipaglalaban ako. And I think that's what you're trying to say now."


So there you have it, the full backgrounder on the latest Kris Aquino meme. The screencap has gone in and out of online trends for the past few years and there's no real telling why it's back again today, though it may have something to do with reports breaking on February 4 about her deciding to move to a beach house. A scroll through the comments section on posts about it has people hilariously reacting with the "Because?" meme—and it looks like the trend has spread (once again) to just about everywhere. Check out the most hilarious uses below.

Too accurate.



Like mother, like son.

Oh no, an attack!


Another attack!

Eh kasi, ma!

Anyone have an update?


The real meme Queen.


You can watch the full KrisTV interview on the ABS-CBN YouTube channel.

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