Being in love while you’re under the glowing spotlight is arguably tough, especially if you are hailed as among the brightest stars in the country. You’ll be under the consistent scrutiny of the public and almost everyone awaits every move that you’re going to make and create a noise about it that will ensue to hullabaloos on-and-offline.
While there are pairs who aren’t able to conquer the pressure shrouding them and eventually call it quits, there are other couples (official or rumored) who try with all their might to hurdle the bashings, snide remarks, and violent reactions of other people hand in hand, just like romantically-linked celebrities Arjo Atayde and Maine Mendoza.
The brewing affair between them indeed sparked a lot of speculations in the past months as photos of them attending various events, hanging out anywhere, and going on vacations together, as well as their pictures with fans who they bumped into during their dates, circulated online. These came after the filming of the 2018 Metro Manila Film Festival Entry “Jack Em Popoy: The Puliscredibles” in which they were both cast.
These made a lot of onlookers assume that they’re already in a relationship, but the phenomenal leading lady burst their bubbles declaring that they’re just going out as friends and they’re still at the getting-to-know phase.
A few weeks after, the Kapamilya actor confessed to the press that he’s already exclusively dating Maine, which she supported via a blog entry she posted on the eve of her birthday last March 3.
On that lengthy post, she announced wanting to tell her truth by opening up about their real status and stated: “Again, without waiting any longer, here’s the statement and confirmation you have been waiting for. It’s true, I am dating Arjo. We’ve been going out for some time now.”
She also went on to enthusiastically impart how he made an effort to go to their house in Bulacan and bravely talked to her Daddy Teodoro and Mommy Mary Ann in person to tell them about his good intentions for her. According to her, it was her first time to introduce someone to her parents and jested that he made it out alive. The 28-year-old actor was also able to meet her siblings, friends, and team, too!
The 24-year-old actress-host addressed also those who kept bombarding her beau with harsh comments and his family with malicious threats by defending that she chose to accept him for who he is and not for what he did in the past.
When asked regarding that during the launch of the iWant series he topbilled titled “Bagman,” he imparted, “I think, of course, every guy will be scared to meet the family. Nakakatakot po e kasi malamang babae po ‘yong anak nila. Nakakatakot but I faced it. I have to and I want to.”
Besides, he also aired his sentiments about the tumult that their relationship is receiving by saying, “As I said last time, she’s worth fighting for. Deadma na lang siguro, deadma na ako e. I’m happy nga e. Katulad nga ng sinabi ko, kontento na po ako. I’m just really happy and I see her happy. And I think that’s all that matters to me.”
As we look forward on the developments in their continuously blooming bond, let’s take a look first on their rare photos together uploaded on Instagram.
May you achieve the absolute love, happiness, and peace you truly deserve, Arjo and Maine!