Following the emotional incident yesterday at the press conference of Till My Heartaches End, PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) received a statement from Star Magic, the ABS-CBN talent-management arm handling the showbiz careers of the movie's lead stars Gerald Anderson and Kim Chiu.
The press release, which was sent this morning, October 13, confirmed the existence of the death threats that Gerald spoke about yesterday at the presscon:
"Marami na akong natatanggap na hate mails sa bahay ko. Mga mahal ko sa buhay nadadamay. May tumawag nga noong isang araw at sinabi sa nanay ko na papatayin daw ang anak niya. Siyempre po, medyo iba na yun, di ba? 'Yan—hindi na po kasama sa trabaho namin 'yan." (CLICK HERE to read related article.)
Star Magic's short statement reads:
"Star Magic has received numerous e-mails from fans threatening Bea [Alonzo] and Gerald, their respective families, Star Magic personnel and ABS-CBN executives.
"We have already forwarded the said threatening e-mails to the proper authorities to determine if these people can be identified, caught and prosecuted.
"As we do this, we also appeal to them to please stop the THREATS and respect the personal decisions of our artists."
These threats reportedly began when Gerald, whose career has been built around his onscreen romance with Kim, was being linked to Bea.
After this, according to Gerald, some Kimerald fans openly said they were withdrawing their support for him.
The young actor admitted that this has affected him personally.
"Until this day, ginagawa ko ang lahat. Magiging sinungaling din po ako kung sasabihin ko na hindi ako nasasaktan. Na may mga fans na nag-backout at ayaw na akong suportahan," said Gerald.
Kim took the opportunity yesterday to plead to their fans: "Sa mga fans, alam ko nasasaktan din sila para sa akin. And nahahati na rin sila. Dahil kay Gerald daw, nahahati sila. At hindi ko sila masisisi kung nangyayari man ito.
"Siyempre, nagpapasalamat ako dahil patuloy ang suporta nila sa akin. Inaalalayan nila ako sa mga pinagdadaanan namin [ni Gerald].
"Sana balang-araw, maging okay lahat at bumalik ulit yung dati. Tama na yung gulo, tama na yung hindi pagkakaintindihan dahil hindi na maganda. Salamat dahil nandiyan sila para alalayan ako. Salamat at sana maging okay ang lahat," Kim said tearfully.