Nadine Lustre shares her love, friendship, work non-negotiables; Careless Music artist hates betrayal


Nadine Lustre, 28, was one of the Careless Music artists I met on June 20, 2022. That day, the record label co-founded by James Reid, 29, officially signed its two new artists Liza Soberano, 24, and Issa Pressman in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

In my one-on-one interview with Lustre, I did not want to ask her questions she has previously answered or questions she was expecting to be asked that day. I had several questions in my list but I was given only 5 minutes so I decided to ask 3-in-1 questions and dedicated it to her avid fans who consider her words their life guide.

Nadine Lustre
Nadine Lustre

I asked Lustre what her non-negotiables are when it comes to romantic relationships, friendships and work relationships. When it comes to love, her requirement is pretty simple: effort.

Lustre is not looking for a lover who will promise her the stars and the moon. She simply wants someone who exerts an effort that is equal to the effort she exerts.

When it comes to friendships, Lustre considers betrayal a deal-breaker. She told me, “I hate being betrayed.”

“I don’t always talk to… or share secrets to people I am not super close to,” Lustre continued. “It has to be someone that I’m, someone who’s really like a person that I trust.”

Nadine Lustre, Conan Altatis
Nadine Lustre, Conan Altatis

For Lustre, once the trust is broken, friendship is over. When it comes to work relationships, dealing with people who do not respect other people’s time is one of her pet peeves.

Such people are inconsiderate, Lustre said. As a musician, she does not want to work with a collaborator who just take control of everything instead of really collaborating.


While Lustre did not mention equality, it was the keyword that I got from that interview. It is a simple but very important lesson her fans should learn from her.

Don’t settle for a lover whose effort does not match yours.

Don’t be friends with people who cannot keep your secrets the way you keep theirs.

Don’t work with people who do not respect your time the way you respect theirs.

Don’t collaborate with collaborators who refuse a 50-50 collaboration.


Before the interview, Lustre performed her song “Wait for Me” onstage. Careless Music released the song on October 29, 2021.

On October 31, 2020, Careless Music released Lustre’s debut studio album titled “Wildest Dreams“. The album has 12 songs including “Complicated Love” featuring Red.

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