Maine Mendoza has spoken: As of now, she and Arjo Atayde are friends. In an interview with PEP after the December 6 presscon for her MMFF entry Jack Em Popoy: The Puliscredibles, the celeb said, "Friends kami."

Upon further inquiry from the press on whether Arjo is her manliligaw, Maine said, "Hindi, friends kami. We’re going out as friends.”


Over the past few months, Arjo and Maine have been spotted eating in a Makati restaurant, hanging out in a club in BGC, and on vacation in Bali, Indonesia. Fans think that the two even dressed up as Scooby Doo couple Fred Jones and Daphne Blake for Halloween, based on this photo:

When asked about these "dates" with Arjo, Maine told PEP that they're getting to know each other. "Siyempre, paano mo makikilala ang isang tao kung hindi kayo magsasama at maguusap?”

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Arjo and his sister Ria Atayde have been the subject of online bashing since these dating rumors started. Ria even said that there are times when she wants to speak up for her older brother but Arjo would tell her to let it go.

Last month, during an interview with ABS-CBN, Ria shared, "I think he's handling everything very well. He's happy naman with everything. I guess that's all I can say—he's happy. He's at a point where he's happy and I'm really happy to see him happy. That's all I can share! He will share someday. That's for him. I keep telling him, when he's ready, he should be the one also."


Well, it seems like the ArDub ship hasn't officially sailed...yet. But we're happy that both Maine and Arjo are happy!

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