Marjorie Barretto came to the rescue of her daughter Julia Barretto as rumors linking her to the apparent rift between celebrity couple Bea Alonzo and Gerald Anderson abound online on Sunday.
Responding to claims that they are having an affair after allegedly being spotted together in Rayver Cruz's birthday party on Saturday, the former actress clarified that Julia and Gerald are in fact nothing but "friends".
"Please explain too that this was taken at the party of Rayver. That you zoomed in this photo. If you care to zoom out, you will see that they were a big group that includes my nephew," argued Marjorie on the now-viral photos of her daughter with Gerald during the party.
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"I don't see anything wrong with this photo. They don't seem to be hiding. There are people around, and if I'm not mistaken, Julia was waving at someone. This is not a date. They know each other, they have worked together, they are friends," she said.
The mother of five also stated that will take legal action against the fan who was responsible for the "false accusations" involving Julia.
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Meanwhile, Gerald has added fuel to the fire after hawk-eyed fans noticed that he just liked a fan's Instagram post about constantly being "misjudged" while in the thick of the drama.
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"Hindi na bago sa amin makakita or makabasa ng mga panghuhusga sa 'yo," reads the caption. "What they know is just your name and a piece of 'story'. Let them be! We always got your back, [Gerald]!"
All speculations began when Bea shared a series of cryptic messages about "making the same mistake twice" on her Instagram account over the weekend.
At the same time, the names "Julia" and "Gerald" started making rounds on Twitter, with netizens assuming that Bea's posts have to do with Gerald and Julia as photos of them from Rayver's party began to circulate on social media.
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Following their short-lived romance in 2010, Bea and Gerald rekindled their relationship when they co-starred in the film How to Be Yours in 2016.
Just last year, rumors circulated that the two had yet again separated, but Bea confirmed sometime in October that they are back together again after she has given Gerald "another chance".
Meanwhile, Julia had just broken up with Joshua Garcia.
Prior to the split, she and Gerald co-starred as a love team in the romance-drama film Between Maybes.