In April, JM guested on TWBA and clarified that there's nothing going on between him and Ria Atayde. This was also the interview where he said he pursued Barbie for a month.
Barbie confirmed that JM did pursue her after their show Araw Gabi ended and that they ended up dating for more than a month, but JM's statements prove otherwise.
"Puwedeng pinursue ka niya na seryoso siya talaga. Puwedeng pinursue ka niya na may iba rin pala. Puwedeng pinursue ka niya para gusto ka lang ulit saktan," said the actress.
Barbie refused to mention a particular reason why their romance failed to blossom, but she did mention that they were both under high pressure with their careers and "broken" for the relationship to have worked.
"So parang kaming dalawa po, dalawang tao na wasak, tina-try naming pareho na ayusin 'yung isa't isa, buuin 'yung isa't-isa, pero 'di po pala puwede 'yun. Dapat parang at least may isang tao na buo, kasi ang hirap po ng wasak ka na nga, tapos wasak din aayusin mo. Paano mo aayusin 'yung sarili mo?" she said.
Barbie had just broken up with her then-boyfriend Paul Salas, while JM had just come out of drug rehabilitation.
When asked if she'd still be willing to be friends with JM, Barbie responded that she'd be open to it but not anytime soon.
"Ako hindi ko po talaga kaya e, 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.
Despite the heartache, Barbie remains grateful.
"Thankful pa din ako kasi kung hindi ko naman naranasan nang lahat ng iyon, hindi naman ako ito ngayon."
When JM and Rhian Ramos's film Kung Paano Siya Nawala came out, fans linked the two romantically. Rhian denied the rumors, of course, saying she and JM are just friends. That was about the same time that JM and Barbie were said to have unfollowed each other on Instagram.
Watch the TWBA segment here: