MANILA — As recently as August, Julia Barretto admitted still being on a journey of “healing” after being the target of accusations of being involved in the breakup of fellow Star Magic artists Bea Alonzo and Gerald Anderson.
On September 14, the three crossed paths for the first time since the controversy erupted, when they attended the ABS-CBN Ball notably each without a date.
During the event, Alonzo said she was “recovering” and “getting better,” while Anderson shrugged off questions about going solo by joking that his male co-stars in an upcoming teleserye were his dates.
Barretto, meanwhile, skipped press interviews.
On Friday, Barretto appeared to allude to the recent tumultuous months, with a series of Instagram stories quoting a reflection about being “mischaracterized.”
“How do I deal with being mischaracterized?” the quote from Canadian psychology professor, Dr. Jordan Peterson, read.
“Often, I get angry and want to break something. That’s a private response; mostly my family has to put up with that. Then, I usually calm down and think, ‘Let those who consider themselves my enemies reveal their hands.’
“What I have seen, so far (and I’m not counting on this to continue, necessarily), is that if I’m patient, those who mischaracterize me end up reaping what they have sown.
“So I try to detach myself, watch, and not jump too quickly to negative conclusions,” the posts on Barretto’s account went.
In her last interview, on August 22, about her ties with Anderson and Alonzo, Barretto said she was focusing on healing and moving forward.
“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.