Julia Barretto on Thursday clarified her ties with her “Between Maybes” co-star Gerald Anderson, a month after the actor’s former girlfriend, Bea Alonzo, hinted at infidelity in her relationship while appearing to agree with Instagram posts alleging an affair between her fellow Star Magic artists.
Following Alonzo’s cryptic post, she then revealed in an interview that Anderson, her boyfriend of three years, did not accord her a formal breakup and “just started not talking to me.”
Anderson, in his own interview two weeks after Alonzo’s “enough” statement, said that the end of the relationship was caused by a series of fights and disagreements, and cleared Barretto as a factor in the separation, contrary to rumors.
Barretto has also denied being involved in the breakup, saying Anderson and Alonzo’s “issues are entirely their own.” She then accused Alonzo of inciting “bullying” against her by purposely liking Instagram posts accusing her of having an affair with Anderson.
On Thursday, Barretto said she is “in the process of healing and moving forward from everything that happened in the past month, because hindi biro ‘yung pinagdaanan naming lahat.”
“Hindi biro ‘yung pinagdaanan ko, ng pamilya ko, ng pamilya naming lahat,” she told ABS-CBN News’ MJ Felipe.
Barretto was speaking on the sidelines of a volleyball training ahead of the August 25 All-Star Games, where she will lead a team against Kim Chiu in the women’s volleyball category.
‘WALA AKONG INAHAS’
When asked directly about the real score between her and Anderson, Barretto said: “Tapusin na lang natin ‘to. Let’s clear this whole issue, so we can put this whole issue to rest.
“Hindi ko siya naging boyfriend and hindi ko siya boyfriend ngayon. Therefore, wala akong inagawan ng boyfriend, wala akong inahas, at wala din akong nilandi.”
Amid the controversy, Anderson was also rumored to be courting Barretto, but the actress denied this.
“Hindi ako nililigawan. Naniniwala ako na may tamang panahon at oras para sa mga bagay na ganiyan. Pero nanatili siyang matalik kong kaibigan ngayon,” she said.
Barretto also reiterated that Anderson was never a reason behind her own breakup with Joshua Garcia, her former real-life and onscreen partner. She pointed out that she and Garcia made an earlier denial about the same rumor in June, a month before the issue involving Alonzo erupted.
“It’s always been our own issues,” she said, referring to Garcia. “We’re also very young, so we’re still trying to figure out ourselves, our direction in life, what we really want.”
“I think the decision that we made was a mutual decision because we knew ‘yung makakabuti sa isa’t-isa. At the end of the day, pinili namin ang makakabuti sa isa’t-isa. Ayaw na naming i-damage ang isa’t isa, so we protected each other, because there is love,” she said.
‘EVERYONE IS HURTING’
Asked where she stands now and intends to go after this tumultuous chapter, Barretto answered: “Like I said, hindi biro ‘yung pinagdadaanan naming lahat. Ayokong i-angkin ‘yung mga nangyayari. Lahat kami, nasasaktan.
“We all have our own story. We’re all dealing with our own pain. Ang pinaka masakit pa doon, nadamay ang mga pamilya namin. I’m in the process of moving forward, healing.”
Barretto added that “this is not the right time anymore to point fingers.”
Referring to Alonzo and Anderson, she went on: “She’s hurting, he’s hurting, but so am I. I’m really in so much pain right now. But kailangan magpakatatag, e. We have to get back on our feet, and move forward, and heal from this.”
“Wala kaming choice. We just have to respect each other’s pain. Everyone is hurting. Hindi madali ‘yung pinagdadaanan naming tatlo,” she said.