Though they barely have the time to hang out these days, Empress says she and the Chiurigogobaschu girls are still good friends.
Empress admitted that she would sometimes get tired about dealing with persistent rumors that she and her showbiz barkada'mdash;the Chiurigogobaschu group comprised of Kim Chiu, Erich Gonzales, Beauty Gonzalez, Melissa Ricks, Kitkat, and herself'mdash;have gone their separate ways. Empress said, "Minsan naiilang lang kami kasi okay naman kami so bakit kami ginagawan ng isyu. Pero tanggap na rin namin kasi lahat kasi kami nasa showbiz so hindi mawawala ang chismis. Kung ano man 'lsquo;yung naririnig ninyong hindi maganda tungkol sa Chiurigogobaschu, hindi totoo 'lsquo;yun."
She explained that the reason the Chiurigogobaschu girls don'rsquo;t hang out as often as before anymore is because of their respective busy schedules. "Siguro nasanay lang 'lsquo;yung mga tao na lagi kaming may mga update. Pero ngayon wala na masyado. Ang feeling ng karamihan kapag wala nang update ibig sabihin hindi na friends. Nakakalabas pa rin naman kami pero hindi na kasing dalas tulad ng dati na parang bakasyon grande. Magkakaibigan pa rin naman kami. Walang away."
She also denied the claim that most of them in the barkada are happy that Kim has been hanging out mostly with Maja Salvador lately. According to Empress, they all have the freedom to choose who they want to hang out with. "'lsquo;Yung friendship naman namin wala namang limitasyon. Sa amin kahit kanino ka sumama okay lang. Wala naman kaming sinabi na kami ang friends mo kaya hindi ka na pwedeng makipag friends sa iba. Hindi na yata normal kapag ganun ang turingan ninyo. Kami may mga iba rin kaming friends. Nagkataon lang siguro na artista rin si Maja kaya nabibigyan ng isyu ng mga tao."
While Kim and Maja have been spending much time together lately, some write-ups allege that Maja is a bad influence on Kim. Maja had been accused in the past as being a party girl and alcoholic, which she had strongly denied. Even Empress doesn'rsquo;t believe that there is anything wrong if Kim become friends with Maja. "Wala kaming sinabing bad influence si Maja. Kilala naman namin si Maja and we don'rsquo;t think magiging bad influence siya kay Kim."
There was also an issue that the brewing rivalry between Empress and Erich has caused a trouble in their friendship. But Empress revealed that she and Erich were even excited when told that they will be working together in the new daily variety show ShoutOut. "Magkasama kami sa ShoutOut so paano kami magi-isnaban! Masaya nga kami na magkasama kami sa ShoutOut kasi noon pa sinasabi na namin nina Kim, Melissa, Erich na sana magkasama kaming lahat sa isang show. Kaya ngayon parang natupad na 'lsquo;yun kahit kaming dalawa lang ni Erich. Everyday na kaming magkikita tsaka marami pang iba kaming makakasama."