Is there a brewing feud between Bela Padilla and her best friend, Dani Barretto?
This is what netizens have been speculating after noticing that the two have unfollowed each other on Instagram.
It was only last month when Bela opened up about talking with Dani amid rumors that she's "taking sides" on the issue involving the vlogger's sister, Julia Barretto, and Bea Alonzo.
Appearing on late night talk show Tonight With Boy Abunda, Bela admitted that she received a slew of "super hateful" comments after she was pictured having dinner with Bea, just a day after rumors of Gerald Anderson having an affair with Julia surfaced.
She explained that the dinner – which also involved Angel Locsin, Angelica Panganiban, Paulo Avelino, JC de Vera, EJ Falcon, Janus del Prado – was professional in nature as it was “mandatory” for artists of Dreamscape who was at that week’s trade launch to attend.
Bela also denied unfollowing Julia on Instagram right after it. According to her, she has not been following the younger actress since last year when she decided to do a social media cleanse, hence the decline in her Instagram follow list from 4,000 down to 2,000.
She said it wasn’t only Julia whom she unfollowed on social media, but several more friends in the industry.
"These are people I work with and I hope to work with also in the future . . . I was comfortable in this situation," she said of those she had dinner with.
"What I'm uncomfortable with is the insinuation that I unfollowed Julia because of this dinner because I did not.
"I actually texted tita Marjorie (Julia and Dani's mother), my best friend Dani, and Julia because it became such a big deal. I got so many messages from Julia's fans, which were super hateful," she added.
The Miracle in Cell No. 7 star also stressed that she and Dani "are super okay" at that time.
“I don’t even feel like I need to explain anymore because I explained to the right people. But at the same time, I don’t see anything wrong with having dinner with Bea, Angel, and Angelica.”
Bela and Dani were last pictured together at the latter's wedding to DJ Xavi Panlilio, where the former stood as one of her bridesmaids.
Meanwhile, both parties have yet to address the rumors about their supposed rift as of this writing.