Ten years in the industry has taught actress Maja Salvador to choose positivity every single time. That very same principle applies to the current controversy hounding her relationship with Bukas Nalang Kita Mamahalin actor Gerald Anderson.
According to the rumor mill, the actor has purportedly carried on his onscreen romance with On The Job co-star Dawn Jimenez off screen and behind Maja’s back. "Sa industriya natin hindi naman po talaga mawawala ang pagli-link sa mga ka-partner natin sa isang pelikula. Sa akin normal nalang yun,” Maja replied during an interview at the “Maja unveils @ 10” press conference on Tuesday when asked about the issue.
The rumors even went as far as saying that Gerald was seen visiting Dawn’s condo unit during the wee hours of the morning. “Hindi ko alam,” was Maja’s curt reply when asked if there’s even a grain of truth to that rumor.
But surely she has heard of these rumors, has she confronted the Kapamilya actor about them? “Di na kailangang tanungin kasi mas importante ang actions sa akin kaysa sa mga sabi-sabi,” she highlighted, further adding that, "Kung may tiwala ka sa isang tao, panindigan mo lang 'yung tiwalang 'yun. Kasi mahirap pag mag-doubt ka sa isang taong malapit sa 'yo."
Maja even maintained that she wasn’t even affected by Gerald’s steamy love scene with the indie film actress in their internationally-acclaimed film. "Artista kami, ano ba 'yon. It's part of the job, he's on the job," she said in jest.
Despite persistent rumors, the actress claimed that there’s no bad blood between her and Dawn. In fact, according to her, she even invited Dawn to the special screening that she organized for On The Job.
Meanwhile, another detail that seems to be have spawned conclusions that she’s going through something in her personal life were her recent Instagram posts. Two weeks ago, the 24-year-old actress posted a photo of her and her beau laughing carelessly while walking in what appears to be a garden with the caption: “Miserable people focus on the things they hate about their life. Happy people focus on the things they love about their life #quote”
This was followed by a blind item from a blog which showed a screenshot of the photos which Maja “liked” on the same photo-sharing site. Among the photos shown on the said blog, the one that has drawn attention the most was the typography of the famous quote “This too shall pass.
When asked to elaborate, Maja just laughed and said, “Wala po. Mukha ba akong may pinagdaraanan? Fresh ako ngayon.” She added, “Sa akin kung ano po ang na-post ko sa IG ‘yun na po ‘yun eh, ‘di ko na kailangang mag-explain.”
As for the posts that she “liked” Maja clarified that liking them doesn’t necessarily mean that she’s sharing the sentiment of the one who posted it, saying that, “‘Yung mga ganon, wala po ‘yun. Kung may ni-like man ako, support ko ‘yun doon sa nag-post hindi dahil ‘yun ang nararamdaman ko.”
Instead of harboring any ill will towards the ones starting these rumors, Maja said she understands the fact that they need to make a living. “Hindi ko alam kung bakit sa dinami dami ng nila-like ko hindi ko alam ba’t nagawan nila ng storya ‘yun. Sa akin natatawa lang ako. Siyempre may mga kailangan magtrabaho, may mga kailangan gumawa ng storya so siyempre wala akong magagawa. ‘Yun eh, nai-like ko na eh alangan naming bawiin ko pa,” she said.
Notwithstanding all these rumors, Maja still considers her relationship with Gerald as “tahimik.” But what does she have to say to those trying to rock her current relationship? "Gano'n naman eh, hindi mawawala 'yon. Halos lahat mag-aabang ng breakup niyo, kung sino 'yung susunod niyo. Basta ang pinaka-importante alam niyo sa isa't-isa na pinoprotektahan niyo ang isa't-isa at may tiwala kayo sa isa't-isa," she said.