Julia Francesca Barretto Baldivia, 22, who is professionally known as Julia Barretto, was rumored to be the reason behind the recent breakup of Phylbert Angelie Ranollo Fagestrom, 31, and Gerald Randolph Anderson Jr., 30, whose respective screen names are Bea Alonzo and Gerald Anderson. On August 6, 2019, Barretto took to Instagram to release a statement about the breakup.
“These past weeks, my faith, my patience, and my strength were put to the test,” Barretto stated. “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.”
Barretto went on two enumerate two issues she was attacked for. She said she was accused of cheating on her former boyfriend Joshua Garcia, 21, and causing another relationship’s breakup.
“Let’s be clear: Josh and I had broken up four months ago,” Barretto said. “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.”
On August 5, 2019, Anderson was interviewed by ABS-CBN News about the claims that a third party caused his breakup with Alonzo after being in a relationship with her for three years. He clarified, “No one else was the reason (or) the cause of the breakup.”
Anderson’s explanation was mentioned in Barretto’s statement. She said, “I believe Gerald has already made it clear that a third party was not the cause of their breakup.”
“I would like to disassociate myself from the breakup of Bea and Gerald,” Barretto continued. “Their issues are entirely their own. However, since I was brought into this mess without a choice, this is what I have to say. Your heartbreak should have been a private matter, but you have selfishly turned it into something of national concern.”
For the first time, Barretto directly addressed Alonzo. The former said, “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.”
The controversy started when Barretto and Anderson attended the birthday party of Raymond Oliver Cruz Ilustre, 30, who is professionally known as Rayver Cruz, on July 20, 1989. Subsequently, Alonzo liked a photo of Barretto and Anderson on Instagram taken during the party and eventually unfollowed the two in the social media platform.
“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,” Barretto told Alonzo. “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,” Barretto continued. “This post is not enough to sum up everything I went through. I took the time to step back and take a look at the situation that I am in. It is so hard to be human in this industry but I still have every intention to stay in this business that I love so much.”
“For the longest time, I’ve always dealt with everything in silence, but this time, I am forced to grow up,” Barretto added. “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.”
Barretto and Anderson co-starred in the Star Cinema film “Between Maybes,” which was filmed in Japan. Here is a trailer: