StarStruck has opened for auditions for its 7th season. Several familiar faces were seen lining up for this GMA-7 show. One of them is Christian Dronio, the boyfriend, or former boyfriend, of Pinoy Big Brother Otso’s Karina Bautista.
Christian was seen lining up in the top artista search on January 24. Photos of him were widely shared on Twitter, and many expressed their support for the teenager’s own search for stardom.
Rita Gaviola, more popularly known as Badjao Girl, was also spotted at the venue but it remains unclear if she auditioned for StarStruck.
In 2016, Badjao Girl joined the teen edition of Pinoy Big Brother: Lucky 7. She was evicted in ABS-CBN's reality show that hailed Maymay Entrata as the winner.
GETTING SPOTLIGHT BECAUSE OF PBB
Christian was thrust into the spotlight last month, December 2018, just as Karina’s journey in the PBB house was already unraveling.
They were in a relationship for four years before PBB happened. The 16-year-old Karina entered the show on November 10, 2018.
During her stay in PBB Otso, Karina felt an attraction to fellow housemate Aljon Mendoza, a 16-year-old aspiring student broadcaster.
Much of Karina’s story during her eight-week stay in PBB was about her developing feelings for Aljon. While she expressed admiration for the male housemate, she also fought those feelings because she has a long-term boyfriend.
Finally, in one dramatic episode, both Karina and Aljon decided to just become friends, so as not to ruin Karina’s existing relationship.
Karina’s story struck a chord among PBB viewers and netizens. Many rebuked Karina for her supposed disloyalty to her boyfriend, and many viewers posted how this made her a bad example for the youth.
Despite all these negative reactions, Karina still has a lot of supporters who helped her reach her PBB Otso’s Big Four for Teens Batch 1.
On December 9, PBB’s official Facebook page posted a video where Christian reacted to Karina’s actions in the Big Brother house.
In the three-minute video, Christian admitted that he got hurt when Karina expressed feelings for Aljon.
"Ang masasabi ko lang sa naging confession ni Karina kay Kuya specifically about kay Aljon, is siyempre kahit sino namang lalaki masasaktan and to be honest nasasaktan talaga ako hanggang ngayon,” he said.
However, he stressed that he still has trust for her. "Pero sa apat na taon naming pinagsamahan, napatunayan naman namin yung pagmamahal namin sa isa’t-isa. Malaki na rin yung na-build up namin na trust sa isa’t-isa and enough naman yun para pagkatiwalaan ko siya sa mga ginagawa niya.”
He also expressed his affection for her. "Baduy man pakinggan pero pumasok ka ng bahay ni kuya na mahal kita, lalabas ka ng bahay ni kuya na mahal pa rin kita.”
ARE THEY STILL ON?
Karina exited the house on January 6, 2019. Since then, she and her fellow housemates have had a busy schedule filled with photo shoots, TV guestings, mall tours, and more. She still spends a lot of time with Aljon, and fans are happy that their KarJon love team continues to blossom.
But that begs the question: is Karina still in a relationship with Christian? Or is she now with Aljon?
There has been no official announcement about Karina’s relationship status, and Christian has mostly stayed silent on social media.
And yet, many PBB fans and netizens continue to post on social media that Karina and Christian have broken off their four-year relationship, supported by flimsy evidence like supposed screenshots from Karina or Christian’s alleged social media accounts.
So are they, or aren’t they? And more importantly, will Christian be able to spin off his association with Karina to kickstart his own journey to showbiz? We’ll find out soon enough.
Here are some reactions of netizens to this development: