Sri Lankan beauty Jacqueline Fernandes, who moved base here in 2009 to puruse her career as an actress in Bollywood, says her mother has been a strong source of support and inspiration in her life.
"My mom always supported me. I miss her a lot. I live here alone without my parents. There are these two people who have been so strong and they have been such an inspiration for me which always keeps me going," Jacqueline told reporters here Friday during an event for a cosmetic brand.
"They never stopped me from doing anything. When I told my mom that I am joining the Miss Sri Lanka contest, she said 'Okay, cool' and when I said, 'Mom, I am moving to India', then also she was like 'Okay'," she added.
The 28-year-old was crowned Miss Sri Lanka Universe in 2006. Later, she decided to explore a career in acting in India. Before foraying into acting in Bollywood films, she worked with a TV channel in Sri Lanka.
Jacqueline feels lucky that her journey has been through "my own decisions and my mom has always been there to support me".
"She never judged me anything, even on my bad decisions. "I will always love her for that," she said, and thanked her parents for giving her the freedom to chart her own life.