They're just close friends. Yep, former Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition housemates Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson, possibly year 2006's hottest love team, say they're just friends. That excuse has become so common in showbiz that skeptics frequently scoff when they hear it, but in the case of today's hottest bagets, "just friends" just rings so true.
Sure, viewers saw a lot of kilig moments between the two inside the PBB house, but for Kim those moments weren't kilig at all. "Nag-uusap lang kami," she says. "Di ko nga alam na nag-click kami sa audience habang nasa loob pa kami ng bahay."
Gerald himself is cool about those supposedly sweet moments. Asked if he felt anything special whenever he was around Kim, he says, "Ayos lang po."
At this point, the two are more concerned about work. That's especially true of Kim, who's gung-ho about her career. "Work muna," she stresses. "Minsan lang 'to, e. Marami pa namang lalake. Kung makakapaghintay siya, maghintay siya."
Gerald is also more concerned about his job, says his co-manager, Jun Reyes, who told his ward pointblank: "Ngayon ka lang sisikat. Ang babae, madami." Jun adds: "Minsan ka lang talaga makatikim ng palakpak at tili, di ba?"
According to Jun, Gerald often talks to him about girls but rarely talks about Kim. "Ayaw niya magkuwento sa akin, e," Jun laughs. "Basta lagi sila nagtatawagan. Siguro pag mahal niya, ayaw niyang sabihin. Pag crush niya sinasabi niya sa akin, pero pag mahal na niya hindi na niya sinasabi, e."
So is it possible for the friendship to develop into something more serious?
Says Gerald: "Maybe. Pero now it's too early pa po."
Yep, they're just friends. For now.