On Sunday, July 20, Julia and Gerald, along with their friends including Dani herself, attended the 30th birthday celebration of actor Rayver Cruz, who is close to Gerald.
Photos of Julia and Gerald speaking to each other, soon made rounds online. One of which was captured by a fan who spotted them outside a bar in Bonifacio Global City.
"Nag usap lang sa party, at may chismosang nag decide mag picture, cheating na agad? Bawal mag Hi sa isa't isa? Bawal magkamustahan? Cheating na agad yun?!" Dani tweeted.
The blogger clarified that it's only normal for Gerald and Julia to remain friends after starring in the film Between Maybes last May. "They worked together!! Of course they're friends! PATI YUN BAWAL NA DIN?"
The fan who posted the photo further claimed in her Instagram post that the two rode the same vehicle after the party.
One netizen pointed this detail out, and tweeted Dani saying: "Pero Ms. @barettodaniii ang claim ng naglabas ng pics after the party na yun outside the bar they went inside one car daw and Bea Alonzo liked all related posts and comments."
Dani responded: "Of course she will say that!!! Her photos can't back up her allegations! Have you seen the photos? There is nothing wrong with them. It is just two people talking. What is so wrong about that?" Her account has currently been set to private, however, netizens have managed to collate her posts:
Here you go, her sister was there too. The one spreading that ill story aint even invited on the party. pic.twitter.com/JjlwGd7XKq— Just Julia Barretto (@JoshliaFoReal) July 22, 2019
On July 21, Bea Alonzo liked the now-viral photos involving Gerald and Julia on Instagram.
On the same day that the photos circulated, Bea posted a couple of cryptic posts on Instagram about hurt and betrayal, which led fans to speculate that it has something to do with Gerald.
On July 22, Marjorie Barretto also came to defend her daughter Julia, saying that the photo was taken out of context. “...please explain too that this was taken at the party of Rayver. That you zoomed in this photo. If you care to zoom out, you Will See that they were a big group that includes my nephew. I don't See anything wrong with this photo. They don't seem to be hiding something," wrote Marjorie in the comment section of one of the viral Instagram posts.
She added: “There are people around, and if im not mistaken, Julia was waving at something. This is not a date. They know each other, they have worked together, they are friends,"
The fan replied to Marjorie's comment, and pointed out that the two were no longer at Rayver's party when the photo was taken. The netizen said: “Sorry po. Pero hndi po yan sa loob ng revel. Wala ndin po sila ksma dyan. Lalong hndi ko po zinoom yan.”
As of writing, Julia and Gerald haven't spoken up about the issue.
With additional reporting by Patricia Melliza