Gerald, Julia speak up

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All parties have now spoken up in showbiz’s most controversial breakup today.

On 5 August, Gerald Anderson broke his silence in an interview with Ganiel Krishnan of ABS-CBN News.

“Just like other relationships, (we had) fight after fight after fight and we had this big fight. We let out all our emotions and feelings that we realized are no longer healthy and we’re just hurting each other. And that’s it. It’s no longer working. We have to stay strong and disciplined. We have to stay away from communications,” the actor explained.

Hours later, Julia Barretto posted an eight-picture gallery which consisted of a photo of hers and Bea Alonzo and her lengthy post about the current issue.

She posted in her Instagram account, @juliabarretto, on the evening of 6 August:

“These past weeks, my faith, my patience, and my strength were put to the test. I have endured many harsh words, hurled against me and my family everywhere on social media. It is exhausting and painful. While some might have forgotten, I am also human,” she began.

She then enumerated the issues that have caused her pain:

“I was attacked for two issues: 1. I cheated on my boyfriend; 2. I as the cause of another relationship’s break up.

Let’s be clear: Josh and I had broken up four months ago. We have publicly admitted it together and we have cleared that there was no third-party involved. From now on, anything I do in my private and love life is not considered as cheating and is none of anyone’s business.

Secondly, I believe Gerald has already made it clear that a third party was not the cause of their break up. I would like to disassociate myself from the break-up of Bea and Gerald.”

She believes that the estranged couple have their own issues but since she was brought into “this mess” that should have been a “private matter” and not “something of national concern,” she had no choice but to share her piece.

“Bea, you wanted to keep your hands clean by not mentioning me in your controversial post, but with a click of your finger, in your sly way, you have charged everybody to destroy me FOR YOU.”

“You have encouraged a culture of hate by purposely liking harmless photos, putting malice into the minds of many, which resulted in the outrage of insults against me.”

“You are a woman of great influence and following. You could have used that power to promote strength and grace in women, but instead, you’ve used that to promote social media irresponsibility. That is downright bullying.”

“You can play victim all you want, but I refuse to be your victim.”

She went on to share her frustration over being “so hard to be human in this industry” but she has “every intention to stay in the business that she loves so much.” She added that she has always “dealt with everything in silence” but this latest issue she was “forced to grow up.”

“I will not be sidetracked, derailed and be dictated by people’s judgments and opinions about me. This is me setting myself free and getting my soul back.”

News of Bea Alonzo and Gerald Anderson broke out two weeks before after the former put up a cryptic post in her Instagram account. Bea then famously said in an interview about the state of her and Gerald’s three-year relationship:

“Honestly to my understanding, we did not break up. He just started not talking to me.”

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