Last week in Startalk, Mark Herras revealed that the emails and web forums circulating the Internet concerning his alleged non-showbiz college girlfriend are nothing but a way for Rhian Ramos's fans to destroy his image. According to Startalk's assessment of fan mail and Internet forums, Rhian and Mark's fans are not in favor of their on-screen tandem, especially their romantic team-up in GMA-7's film, I.T.A.L.Y (I Trust and Love You).
It's not only Mark who's facing controversy nowadays. Rhian has her own share to bear; for instance, the hullabaloo-photos posted on the Internet showing her with the son of a network executive and with captions that the two are romantically involved. Prior to that, sexy photos of her also circulated in the Internet that were supposedly shot in Singapore. To top it all, some people claim that Rhian herself is the person responsible behind such intrigues.
Yesterday on Startalk, Mark Herras and Rhian Ramos finally showed up together to tackle these issues with Startalk hosts Joey de Leon and Lolit Solis, in the hope of finally putting these intrigues to rest.
RHIAN RAMOS-PUBLICITY HUNGRY? First off, is Rhian publicity hungry?
"Publicity hungry?" Rhian said, "Hindi. Sa totoo lang, I mean as much as mahal ko kayong lahat at gusto kong makitambay dito, e, ayoko na, e. Ayoko na din sagutin ang mga bagay na iyon. Hindi sa akin yun nanggagaling."
Joey, who was curious about Rhian's fan's involvement on the alleged spreading of Mark and his rumored college girlfriend, asked whether this was true.
"Hindi ko talaga alam kung fans ko nga," Rhian answered. "Kasi siyempre yung mga bagay tungkol sa akin hindi ko alam kung saan nanggagaling-mas lalo na siguro kung tungkol sa ibang tao pero, kung may kuneksyon man sa akin, e, hindi ko yun fans. Ang fans sumusuporta, di ba?"
How about the Internet photo showing Rhian with the son of a network executive?
"Hindi," Rhian said. "Single pa rin ako. At hindi ako puwedeng tumanggap ng manliligaw habang hindi pa ako eighteen. So, walang nanliligaw sa akin at wala akong boyfriend."
Concerning the sexy photos posted on the Internet that were taken in Singapore, what can Rhian say to this type of intrigue?
"Pumunta nga akong Singapore, yun ang totoong part," Rhian admitted. "Pero...oo nag-model ako pero wala akong sexy na ginawa. Lahat naman ng kuha namin sa Singapore nilabas naman sa Internet kasi siyempre mga photographers nilalabas din nila. Wala naman akong ilalabas na ikahihiya ko, ‘di ba? Nakita ko nga yung photos na nasa Internet, and well, kita naman na kuha sa cell phone, so..."
MARK HERRAS PATCHES THINGS UP. Joey asked Mark if he was able to have a chat with Rhian about the supposed involvement of Rhian's fans on spreading the rumor about him and a non-showbiz college girl who was labeled as Mark's girlfriend.
"Actually, yung mga nanggugulo," Mark began, "before pa, e, sabi na ni Rhian na parang hindi niya fans.Parang, bakit kailangan siraan at may galit sa akin. So, wala kaming idea kung sino."
"Kahit naman ako," Rhian suddenly interjected, "may mga sinasabi silang hindi naman totoo, e, malamang hindi fans ang tawag doon."
How about the college girl on the photo, has Mark patched things up with her?
"Nakausap ko na," Mark revealed. "Actually, nahiya din siya doon sa ginawa noong taong yun. Kahit sino naman na tao, ‘pag pinag-usapan ka ng hindi mo alam, at lumabas na tungkol sa iyo, siyempre mahihiya ka talaga."
Rhian agreed by saying, "Actually kawawa nga kasi, alam mo yun, at least tayo showbiz, kaya puwede tayong sumagot."
Do Mark and Rhian still have that balanced relationship with their fans?
Mark said, "Ako, ok ako sa mga fans."
How about the two of them, do they talk about their fans, especially the fights and the writings?
"Minsan," Rhian said. "Yung maganda nga sana kung... ‘di ba, umaabot din sa amin na nag-aaway daw fans namin. E, malamang, may mga projects kami together and ayaw namin nangyayari ‘yon. Mas ok sana kung magkakaayos na."
Since Rhian answered first, Lolit asked if she had already spoken to her fans. Rhian answered, "Ako naman kasi, matagal ko nang sinasabi sa kanila na huwag, ayoko na may kaaway ako at alam naman nila yun. As much as possible, e, ayaw namin ng aggressive, ayaw namin ng ganoon. Hindi sila nakikipag-away. Kung mayroon man, hindi sila yun."
RHIAN AND MARK, REEL & REAL LOVE? Lolit asked about Rhian and Mark's status together. Are they only friends or is there something going on between them?
"Linawin ko lang po, hindi po," Mark answered. "Magkaibigan kami ni Rhian. Close friends kami, at buti na lang close kami at alam namin ang mga issue. Kasi, kung hindi kami close at nagkaroon ng issue, e..."
"...Baka tayo pa ang mag away," Rhian voluntarily ended Mark's sentence.
So does Mark have plans of courting Rhian?
"Eighteen pa daw po," Mark laughed, referring to Rhian's earlier statement about the No-boyfriend-till you're-18 rule.