Shaina Magdayao has claimed that she’s praying for love to not find its way into her heart just yet. “I think this is the first time na pinagdadasal ko na Lord ‘wag na muna sana. Kasi hindi naman natin mapipigilan kung yes tumibok ang aking puso at ma-in love nanaman tayo which is such a wonderful thing pero pinagdadasal ko ngayon na sana ‘wag muna,” Shaina said during the recently press announcement of the upcoming primetime family soap You’re My Home on ABS-CBN.
Shaina, whose last known relationship was with John Lloyd Cruz which ended in May last year, even added that the reason behind her desire to be “loveless” for the time being stems from the many opportunities that she’s been receiving following the conclusion of her top-rating fantaserye Juan dela Cruz with Coco Martin.
“I believe that it can wait. It will wait pero kasi ngayon sobrang daming opportunities na dumadating sakin, sobrang daming trabaho na hindi ko po ine-expect after JDC hindi ko akalain na magkakaroon ako ulit ng proyekto sa primetime kaya gusto ko po munang i-value ‘yon, gusto ko po munang pangalagaan ‘yung binibigay sakin ng istasyon,” the 25-year-old actress underscored.
Despite her assertion, Shaina wasn’t able to evade recent headlines involving her, in particular a photo of her and Piolo Pascual seemingly holding hands at a Kapamilya event. The actress explained it as a mere gesture of kindness by the famed actor-athlete.
“Hawak lang naman ng kamay ‘yun. At tsaka gentleman lang talaga si Papa P. So inaaalalayan niya naman talaga ako. So at that time siguro nung na-picturan kami inaaalalayan niya ako. Lagi naman ‘yung ganon eh,” Shaina dismissed.
As with previous reports, Shaina stressed that she and the On The Job actor are nothing but good friends saying that, “Hindi, wala… Kami magkaibigan po kami. Really. He is a good friend. He’s always been a good friend to me.”
While they do go out every once in a while, she reiterated that they are not exclusively dating or anywhere near into it. “Lumalabas po kami ‘pag grupo, pag may time pa ako, ‘pag may time pa siya. Ngayon sobra pong busy eh. After po ng JDC ito ng You’re My Home ang haharapin ko. Walang halong biro pero wala po talagang [meron sa amin],” she added.
But the question remains, does she like the Kapamilya A-Lister? “Sino ba naman ang hindi makaka-like kay Papa P, isang mabuting tao with such a good heart… [Pero] Kasi nasa friend zone naman po talaga kami. Wala naman po talaga kami eh. Really,” the Juan dela Cruz star underscored.
Shaina was quick to clarify that she is not one to overthink Piolo’s actions. “Alam naman namin na ‘yon po nabibigyan ng kulay ng sobra, ako kung ano naman po ‘yung friendship na binibigay niya sa akin, ayaw ko naman pong mag-assume in any way. So for me he really is a good person, he really is such a good friend to me,” she said.
In a previous interview, while he denied courting the actress, Piolo didn’t mind saying that if there’s one person that he’s likely to fall in love with at the moment it would be no less than Shaina. Shaina’s reaction was: “Kung sinabi niya naman ‘yon nagpapasalamat naman ako kasi siguro may nakita siyang mabuti sa akin para ma-appreciate niya ng ganon. Nagpapasalamat tayo na na-a-appreciate tayo ng mga tao sa paligid natin.”