MANILA -- "I'm gonna protect it with all that I have."
This was what Julia Barretto said about her new relationship, adding that she plans to do so by keeping things between her and her new lover away from the public eye.
In a radio interview on Magic 89.9 FM Monday night, she revealed that she's "very happy" at the moment, and that her "heart is fine."
"It's happy right now, it's very happy," she said, as seen in the video below (around the 51-minute mark), without naming the person. "But as to whether I'm single or not, I'm not gonna answer that for now."
Barretto explained that her love life should be the least of people's concerns at the moment, given the COVID-19 pandemic. But she also said that she wants to keep things private this time around.
Asked about the one thing she would never do again, and a lesson she wished she knew a long time ago, she answered: "When it comes to love, if it's something you really want to last or work out, protect it as much as you can and don't share too much about it."
"I think the less people know about something, the less they could have an opinion about it.
"So now I want things to work out, I want things to last and I'm gonna protect it with all that I have. I'm gonna keep a lot of things to myself from now on when it comes to that aspect in my life."
Hints about Barretto's new relationship first came to light when she shared an intriguing post on Instagram last March, sharing that she spent her birthday with her family and a "loved one."
She was last known to be in a relationship with her former onscreen partner Joshua Garcia. They parted ways in mid-2019.
She was then linked romantically with her "Between Maybes" co-star Gerald Anderson, but both of them denied it.