MANILA — “Kadenang Ginto” star Kyle Echarri on Sunday publicly expressed his support for his fellow Star Magic artist Julia Barretto, who has admitted to be “in the process of healing” following the controversy involving her film co-star Gerald Anderson.
On Instagram, Echarri shared a photo of him with Barretto, which appears to have been taken during the birthday party of model Lorin Gutierrez, daughter of actress-host Ruffa Gutierrez.
Addressing Barretto, the 16 year-old actor-singer said: “Glad to know you. You are one amazing and strong woman. Never let the ‘talks’ bring you down. Not everyone will be willing to lend their ears but the truth will always be your greatest weapon. Never lose that beautiful smile. There are so many of us who want to see you happy. Thank you for everything.”
Barretto has been the target of accusations of being a factor in the breakup of Anderson and his girlfriend of three years, actress Bea Alonzo. Those rumors were fueled by Alonzo’s visible Instagram activities, particularly liking posts alleging an affair between Barretto and Anderson.
Barretto and Anderson, in separate interviews, denied being romantically involved.
Echarri, in his Instagram post, then addressed his followers, saying, “You can judge me however you’d like for simply being a good friend and I don’t mind that, my friends know how I am with them.”
“But I despise people who judge women and disrespect them just because they feel they are entitled to say whatever they want not thinking of how it’ll affect others and worst, judging and making assumptions even when they don’t personally know them. It’s not a good habit, it is rude and really a representation of who they are. Learn to respect. It is not hard to do,” he added.
In her last interview about the controversy on August 22, Barretto acknowledged that all the parties involved are hurting.
“She’s hurting, he’s hurting, but so am I. I’m really in so much pain right now. But kailangan magpakatatag, e. We have to get back on our feet, and move forward, and heal from this.
“Wala kaming choice. We just have to respect each other’s pain. Everyone is hurting. Hindi madali ‘yung pinagdadaanan naming tatlo,” she said at the time.