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Ria Atayde assures fans that her brother Arjo is happy with Maine Mendoza

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RIA ATAYDE and Maine Mendoza “message a lot on Instagram” and they are on good terms.

Currently, Ria is very happy especially now that her brother Arjo Atayde is dating Eat Bulaga’s phenomenal star Maine Mendoza.

“Happy siya, and I think that’s all that matters, you know?” says the ABS-CBN actress. Ria is also glad that Arjo is not aff ected at all by bashers.

The daughter of Sylvia Sanchez said, “Sobrang passive niya as a person.

“As in in one ear, out the other. Wala lang. Okay siya.”

Are Ria and Maine on good terms? She answered, “We’re good, like, we message a lot on Instagram.

“But not enough to say that I’m close to her. Not barkada.

“She’s also very busy, I’m also very busy.

“We haven’t been able to hang out talaga.”

Ria faced her share of bashers early this year when netizens accused the Atayde siblings as “users” because of Arjo’s relationship with Maine.

Learning from this experience, Ria has taught herself to simply ignore online comments altogether.

She said, “You know what, I don’t read na lang nowadays. That’s my new coping mechanism.

“Post lang ako nang post, pero hindi ako nagbabasa.

“Or I don’t know, I find comfort in the fact that there could be legal measure done to these people if I really wanted to.

“Hinihintay ko lang boiling point ko, pero hindi naman. Wala naman. I don’t think I will.

“These people who bash, they are fans who don’t get what they want.

“For me, go, let them say whatever they want.

“As long as I know the truth in my heart, alam mo yun?

“It’s not naman something they can disprove.” she stressed.

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HEART EVANGELISTA has previously announced that she will be a judge of Starstruck.

Will Dingdong Dantes and Jennylyn Mercado also join her as part of the show?

In May 10, 2019, GMA-7’s YouTube channel released a teaser of the hosts and judges of the original Kapuso realitybased artista search.

Only silhouettes and back shots of the judges of StarStruck 7 were shown in the teaser.

However, a netizen with the Twitter handle @ KapusongKim uncovered the identities of the personalities seen in the teaser.

According to the Twitter user, Dingdong Dantes, Jennylyn Mercado, Heart Evangelista, director Mark Reyes, and veteran actress Cherie Gil will compose the set of hosts and judges for the comeback of StarStruck.

Heart and Cherie both retweeted the post on May 11.

At press time, only Heart has announced during her December 2018 contract signing that she will be part of StarStruck’s council of judges.

Dingdong hosted StarStruck Seasons 1 to 4 and 6.

Dingdong and Jennylyn also served as judges for the show’s sixth season.

GMA-7 has yet to officially announce who will be the hosts and judges of the show.

At present, auditions are still ongoing for the next set of survivors (StarStruck contestants) who will be part of the program.

StarStruck, which first aired on GMA-7 in 2003, produced some of GMA-7 and ABS-CBN’s prime actors, namely Jennylyn Mercado, Cristine Reyes, Yasmien Kurdi, Kris Bernal, Paulo Avelino, Rocco Nacino, among many others.

Its most recent edition was aired in 2015, with Klea Pineda and Migo Adecer being hailed as the female and male Ultimate Survivors.

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