JoshLia on split rumors: ‘For now, we’re best friends’
'Babalik muna kami sa pinagsimulan namin,' Julia Barretto says about her current relationship status with love team partner Joshua Garcia

JOSHLIA. Popular love team Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto address fans' breakup speculations. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Speculations have risen over love team Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto’s relationship status, who have both been recently low-key about their relationship together on social media, while also pursuing separate projects.

On Friday, June 28, during an interview with ABS-CBN News, JoshLia both answered when asked about the real score between them.

Babalik muna kami sa pinagsimulan namin (We’ll go back to where we started). We’re now best of friends,” Julia said.

“We managed to be the bestest of friends and if the fans are worried, we can assure them that there is nothing to worry about. JoshLia is very much alive,” she added.

“May pinagdaanan lang kami. Normal couple na pinagdadaanan, pero okay kami ngayon. Masaya kami ngayon (We just went through a rough patch, the way normal couples do. But we’re okay now. We’re happy now),” Joshua added. 

The two also cleared any rumors that a third party was involved in the matter. Julia debunked any romantic links between her and Between Maybes‘ leading co-star Gerald Anderson.

“No, absolutely not. Hindi naman totoo ‘yun. Hindi naman magagawa ni Gerald ‘yun. Parang kuya ko na si Gerald (That’s not true. Gerald couldn’t do that. He’s like my older brother),” she said. 

“Hindi po totoo ‘yun, kaibigan ko lang po ‘yun  (That’s not true, she’s just my friend),” Josh responded about rumors linking  him to another actress from a different network.

“Alam ‘nyo naman po dito sa showbiz nabibigyan ng kulay lahat (You know how it is in showbiz, everything is given meaning),” he added. 

They were also asked about the exclusivity of their relationship and the option to date other people. “Malay mo, yayain niya ako makipag-date (You never know, she might ask me out on a date)!” Garcia cheekily replied. 

“Oh my, ako na pala ang manliligaw this time, ako na ‘yung i-effort (It’s my turn to woo you and make the effort this time)!” Barretto bantered.

The 21-year-old actress was initially paired with 22-year-old Joshua during 2016’s Metro Manila Film Festival film, Vince and Kath and James.  Following its success, the couple starred in teleserye Ngayon at Kailanman (2018). The two will be starring in the upcoming zombie thriller Block Z, directed by Mikhail Red. –