Bela Padilla admitted the real reason why she unfollowed Julia Barretto on Instagram in the latest episode of the talk show, Tonight With Boy Abunda.
With the on-going controversy involving Julia Barretto, Bea Alonzo, and Gerald Anderson, some celebrities were assumed or perceived to have been taking sides.
One example is the controversial dinner photo that surfaced online that showed friends Angel Locsin, Angelica Panganiban, Bela Padilla, Paulo Avelino, Janus del Prado, JC de Vera, EJ Falcon, Dreamscape boss Deo Endrinal, and Bea Alonzo, sharing a dinner table.
At that time, it’s just been three days since Bea uploaded the much-talked about “cryptic message” on her IG.
Then, Angel Locsin, used that same picture in her IG Story and used the hashtags: #aboutlastnight and #parakayB.
Then in the next few days, Netizens were quick to note that Angel, Angelica, young actress Loisa Andalio, and even Bela Padilla, unfollowed Julia Barretto on Instagram.
(Angel, Angelica, and Bea are close friends; while Bela admits she is closest to Angelica among the three).
The Netizens couldn’t help doing some “Math.”
But the dinner and the unfollow naturally did not sit well with Julia’s followers. But they were mostly offended by Bela’s “participation” since Bela is friends with the Barrettos.
During Bela Padilla’s guesting in the talk show, Tonight with Boy Abunda yesterday, August 6, Bela took the chance to clarify all points.
First, Bela explained that the dinner was a mandatory after-party event attended by artists of the ABS-CBN show, who graced the network’s trade launch, held at the PICC Forum; and not a gathering for Bea Alonzo.
“I was pleasantly surprised that Bea [Alonzo] arrived,” said Bela . “Obviously, I didn’t know that it was going to be posted with the hashtag #ParaKayB, but at the same time, it doesn’t matter if that dinner was for Bea or anything else. It doesn’t matter because they’re all people I work with at ABS-CBN. I just feel like it’s not supposed to be a big deal. There are people there from different shows of Dreamscape and I was with the staff of Sino Ang May Sala… that’s what I was there for.”
She added, “I don’t hide the fact that I’m very close to Angelica [Panganiban]. I was comfortable in this situation. What I’m not comfortable with is the insinuation that I unfollowed Julia because of this dinner because I did not.”
Though she admitted that she did unfollow Julia, but it was not because she was siding with Bea; and that her unfollow move happened way before the controversy exploded.
Bela went on: “I actually texted Tita Marjorie [Barretto], my best friend Dani [Barretto], and Julia the day after because it became such a big deal. I got so many messages from Julia’s fans, which are super hateful.”
Bela, at that point, also took her time with Boy Abunda as a chance to address Julia’s fans who sent her harsh messages after her supposed unfollowing Julia made headlines.
She said, “Kalma, kids. Social media is not everything. One picture of a dinner doesn’t define our future. Sometimes we really need to chill—and go to school. I feel like masyado kayong maraming oras sa Instagram at libreng Facebook, guys.”
She added: Some words kasi are super hurtful, Tito Boy."
The actress went back on explaining that she unfollowed Julia last year, which was way far from when the issue blew up. She also said that it’s not only Julia that she unfollowed but also some other showbiz colleagues and classmates.
That’s because she said she was doing an Instagram detox.
“From following 4,000 people, I’m down to 2,000 plus. Kasi I’m really trying to stay away from social media as much as I can…I unfollowed several people not just Julia even my classmates in highschool. My plan was to go down to zero and then my close friends but I never got around to doing it because I got busy.”
Bela also stressed: “I just want to clarify that I didn’t unfollow Julia because I’m taking sides. I honestly don’t even know the story of what’s happening.”
After that now-controversial dinner, Bela told Boy Abunda that she even messaged Dani Barretto, her best friend and Julia’s sister, to explain what really happened.
She narrated: “Dani sent me the photo of the dinner and I said ‘Dani before you react or before you think negatively, it was literally dinner, I had to eat...’ because I came from a shoot in the Golden Dove [awards] straight to the trade launch...literal na hindi pa ako kumakain the whole day.”
Bela went on telling Boy Abunda: “After, 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.”
Before Bela and Boy ended talking about the issue, Bela’s final remark was: “I want to speak for everyone at that table. Nobody said anything. It wasn’t an attack towards someone. It was literally dinner. So sana let’s not think badly of people. I just hate that culture na you’re two steps ahead because you speculated in behalf of someone.”
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