MANILA -- Actress Nadine Lustre on Sunday belied breakup rumors with boyfriend James Reid as she slammed Philippine Star editor and columnist Ricky Lo over an article seemingly confirming their separation.
“First off, that was so low," the actress wrote in her Instagram Stories, addressing Lo and the newspaper.
"Second, none of what you said was true and it is never okay to use someone’s mental situation/tragic past just to prove a point. Mental illness is a very sensitive matter."
Lo wrote that the PEP.ph report about the couple's breakup was "true and not fake news," adding that Lustre left Reid's home after 2 years of living together and moved into a "posh Makati condo."
"Was it a case of 'too much, too soon'…too much togetherness and too soon to be living together?" Lo wrote.
The two have been open about living under the same roof during their relationship, with Lustre reacting to the matter, "It's normal na eh. Come on, guys, it's 2017!"
"James is handling the breakup with care to cushion the impact on Nadine who has admitted grappling with mental illness," Lo wrote in the original printed edition of the story, that had been edited for the online edition.
Lo also mentioned the death of Lustre's brother, which had also been deleted in the edited version of Lo's column.
Reid and Lustre were among the performers at a New Year countdown at a Quezon City mall. He earlier said he was planning to welcome 2020 with Lustre.
“We’ll be all together later, celebrating and counting down over in Makati," he said.