'Diary ng Panget' stars join ABS-CBN

By Reyma Buan-Deveza, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Aug 26 2014 05:42 PM | Updated as of Aug 27 2014 08:32 AM

MANILA - James Reid and Nadine Lustre are the newest members of the Kapamilya network, after they signed a contract with ABS-CBN on Tuesday afternoon.

It was a sweet homecoming for the Filipino-Australian Reid, who started his career when he joined "Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Clash Edition" in 2010.

"I always hoped to be back here on ABS-CBN and it feels good. ... Dito ako nagsimula sa 'PBB' and it feels good to be home," he said.

For her part, Lustre said: "It feels good to be part of a new family."

The stars of the hit movie "Diary ng Panget" and "Talk Back And You're Dead" confirmed that they will be doing several projects with ABS-CBN, including a TV series, as well as albums.

Lustre admitted that she still can't believe that she is now part of the Kapamilya network.

"Medyo hindi pa din nagsi-sink in 'yung pangyayari," she said.

No issue with 'KathNiel'

In the interview, Lustre and Reid stressed that they are not competing with the love team of Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla.

"Parang hindi naman po kami nakikipag-kumpetensiya. We are just being ourselves talaga," Lustre said.

"We are different. We are different love team po," Reid added.

Lustre reiterated that she has no problem being compared with Bernardo, amid comments that they look alike.

"It's fun. For me it's not really an issue naman. I'm really okay with it and I'm flattered. I guess it's really just the people talaga. Kasi we are in showbiz, they compare you with other artists so I guess it's normal," explained Lustre, who she's also a fan of Bernardo.

"It's natural to compare but it's good for us being upcoming stars. They are the biggest love team, KathNiel," Reid added.

Now that they belong to the same network, Lustre and Reid believes that the rift between their fans and the supporters of Padilla and Bernardo will end soon.

"Fans will learn to love us all," Reid said.