Rumored couple Arjo Atayde and Maine Mendoza were spotted anew in a photo shared on the actor’s verified Facebook page on Wednesday.
The snapshot showed the two posing with an unnamed companion while each holding their own toy guns at what appears to be a laser gun center.
The update came a mere few weeks after Arjo confirmed to the press that he and Maine are “exclusively dating,” following months-long speculation from fans.
It’s no secret that the two have been receiving criticism and even serious threats from hardcore fans during the height of rumors romantically linking them together. This prompted even Arjo’s mother, seasoned actress Sylvia Sanchez, to appeal for critics to take it easy with the online bashing.
“Ngayon, gusto ko lang sabihin sa inyo na bukod sa mura, bukod sa panglalait, bukod sa pamba-bash sa aming lahat, nakakita ako ng account na nagsasabi na, 'Patayin si Arjo, patayin natin si Ria, patayin natin si Sylvia, patayin natin ang pamilya Atayde,” said an emotional Sylvia in a previous interview. “Ito na lang pakiusap ko sa inyo bilang ina, yung pagbabanta niyo na patayin si Ria, si Arjo, ako, asawa ko—ako na lang. Ako na lang.”
“Barilin niyo ako, patayin niyo ako, tanggalin niyo ang buhay ko sa akin, tatanggapin ko, ako na lang,” she said.
Arjo, meanwhile, said that his concern is with Maine and his family despite having received many death threats from bashers himself.
“Naapektuhan sila [my family] somehow (bashing) kasi they’ve never been bashed eh. Wala lang but they’re just a little bit irritated, and what triggers me is the fact that people around me are kind of affected,” he said during the press conference for his latest film ‘TOL. “Kasi some comments went too much, actually most of comments, but I really don’t care I’m much more concerned with people around me.”