MANILA -- She attracted a bit of criticism when she admitted to dating actor Arjo Atayde, mainly from fans of her tandem with Alden Richards.
For one, it is a local showbiz oddity for a celebrity who is part of a love team to publicly confess to going out with someone else other than their onscreen partner.
Perhaps this is why during a birthday celebration she had with her fans over the past weekend, Mendoza was seen thanking those who have been there from the start of her journey to fame, and those who continue to support her, despite her recent decisions.
"Thank you sa walang sawang pagsuporta na," she told them. "Alam naman natin na from the beginning kayo iyong mga taong nandiyan -- at hanggang ngayon nandito pa rin, patuloy na sumusuporta at nagmamahal kung ano man iyong desisyon ko sa career at personal na buhay. Maraming salamat po."
She was pictured attending the party with Atayde.
The party was documented by Nice Print Photography.
Both have admitted to "exclusively dating."
Asked if they are a couple already early last month, Atayde begged off answering the question, saying that there might be consequences. :
He and his family have already been the subject of violent threats because of her relationship with Mendoza.
Reports of them dating began as early as late last year, when they were working on an entry for the 2018 Metro Manila Film Festival.