Can Barbie Imperial still be friends with JM de Guzman?

MANILA – At this point in her life, young actress Barbie Imperial says she cannot be friends with her “Araw Gabi” leading man JM de Guzman.

In an interview on “Tonight With Boy Abunda” in April, De Guzman said he “tried to pursue” Imperial after their show concluded. 

A day after De Guzman’s interview, Imperial tweeted a cryptic message: “Once a liar, always a liar.”

On Monday, Imperial admitted she was referring to De Guzman in her tweet.

She also said she got hurt when De Guzman said they only dated for a month.

“Kasi parang para sa akin, lagpas na siya ng isang buwan pero sa kaniya pala, mag-iisang buwan pa lang,” she said in an interview on “Tonight With Boy Abunda.”

Although she did not directly talk about it, Imperial said there are different reasons why she and De Guzman did not work out, and it was not just because of their careers.

“Madami po kasi ‘yun eh. Puwedeng pinursue ka niya na seryoso siya. Puwedeng pinursue ka din niya na may iba din pala, puwedeng pinursue ka niya na parang gusto ka niya ulit saktan… Basta, pinursue naman niya ako,” she said.

When asked what lesson she learned from what happened, Imperial admitted it didn’t work out because both she and De Guzman were not yet fully healed from their previous relationships.

“So parang kaming dalawa po, dalawang tao na wasak, tina-try naming pareho na ayusin ‘yung isa’t isa, buoin ‘yung isa’t isa, pero ‘di po pala puwede ‘yun. Dapat parang at least may isang tao na buo, kasi ang hirap pong wasak ka na nga, tapos wasak din aayusin mo. Paano mo aayusin ‘yung sarili mo?” she said.

Although she said she cannot be friends with De Guzman right now, Imperial said she is still open to reconnecting with him in the future.

“Ako hindi ko po talaga kaya eh, pero hindi ko naman po tutuldukan doon kasi hindi ko naman po alam kung anong mangyayari sa mga susunod na araw. Pero sa ngayon po talaga, hindi po talaga,” she said.

Imperial said she is still thankful that she got to work with De Guzman.

De Guzman and Imperial first got close after being paired for “Araw Gabi.” They were subject of romantic rumors, fueled by sweet gestures such as going to the ABS-CBN Ball together.

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