On Tonight With Boy Abunda, JM De Guzman addresses the rumors that he’s dating Ria Atayde. He clarifies that they are just friends, who learn from each other and lift each other up. “Sobrang okay na friendship, ‘yong parang alam mong puwede. Posible…”
Does he plan to take it to the next level? "'Pag umabot na ako doon, papaalam muna ako kay Tita Sylvia at Tito Art,” JM says, referring to Ria’s parents.
The actor says there are many factors at play when it comes to possible relationships. With his history of substance abuse and rehabilitation, he has to be extra careful. His counselors have advised him that the ideal waiting period is two to three years after rehab. “Advise nila, ‘Relax ka muna. ‘Wag mo munang isugod ang puso mo kasi baka sumubsob ka na naman.’”
JM also clarifies rumors involving Barbie Imperial, his partner on TV series Araw Gabi. “I tried to pursue her after the show… Magkaibigan muna then tingnan natin kung puwede bang may mangyari.” But because they were both busy with their careers, it didn’t work out. Though he initially denies being in a relationship with Barbie, he later admits that they were “officially together” for less than a month.
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