Darren's tweet has shortly earned a praise from Jayda’s father, former politician and longtime musician Dingdong Avanzado, who thanked him for being a “true friend” to his daughter especially in this time of need.
Singer Darren Espanto took to Twitter to speak in behalf of his good friend Jayda Avanzado amid recent reports of cyberbullying.
“Please RESPECT JAYDA and STOP THE HATE,” said the "In Love Ako Sa ‘Yo" hitmaker, who has been acquainted with the 15-year-old star since her foray in showbiz in 2016.
The tweet has shortly earned a praise from Jayda’s father, former politician and longtime musician Dingdong Avanzado, who thanked Darren for being a “true friend” to his daughter especially in this time of need. “Your actions really show what you are really made of. Your parents raised you well. You have set a good example for others especially your generation to emulate,” he said.
Moments prior to the exchange, his wife, singer Jessa Zaragoza, publicly called out bashers of Jayda after recently coming across life-threatening comments regarding the younger singer on Twitter.
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An excerpt from her lengthy rant on Instagram reads, “Talagang sumobra sobra na kayo. Pinagpasensyahan na nga lang namin mag asawa yung mga kung ano anong pinapadala nyong direct msgs kay Jayda, below the belt na mga tira, pangungutya, ilang beses na din nakatanggap ng ‘P***ngina’ yung anak namin sainyo. Never namin minura ang anak namin. Pero kayo, wagas ang pagmumura nyo kay Jayda. Para bagang kayo ang nagpapakain sa anak namin. Ganun kalalakas ang luob nyong gumawa ng ganyan.”
Jayda has previously admitted to experiencing online harassment since she was as young as 12 years old. In a sit-down vlog for music portal One Music PH last November, the young star recalled her first time to ever encounter slut-shaming. “I was 12 years old the first time I experienced cyber bullying. I’ve gotten a lot of below-the-belt comments then, because I posted a picture that people reacted negatively to. Although I had no malicious intentions or anything like that, people seem to take it the wrong way,” she said.
Both Darren and Jayda were part of the ASAP G Squad, together with Ylona Garcia, Lala Vinzon, Kyle Echarri, and Jeremy Ginoga.