Last week in Startalk, Mark Herras revealed that the emails and web forumscirculating the Internet concerning his alleged non-showbiz college girlfriendare nothing but a way for Rhian Ramos's fans to destroy his image. According to Startalk's assessment of fan mail and Internetforums, Rhian and Mark's fans are not in favor of their on-screentandem, 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-photosposted on the Internet showing her with the son of a network executive and with captionsthat the two are romantically involved. Prior to that, sexyphotos of her also circulated in the Internet that were supposedly shot in Singapore. Totop it all, some people claim that Rhian herself is the person responsiblebehind such intrigues.
Yesterday on Startalk, Mark Herras and Rhian Ramos finally showed up together totackle these issues with Startalkhosts Joey de Leon and Lolit Solis, in the hope of finally putting theseintrigues to rest.
RHIANRAMOS-PUBLICITY HUNGRY? First off, is Rhian publicityhungry?
"Publicity hungry?" Rhian said, "Hindi.Sa totoo lang, I mean as much as mahal ko kayong lahat at gusto kong makitambaydito, e, ayoko na, e. Ayoko na din sagutin ang mga bagay na iyon. Hindi sa akinyun nanggagaling."
Joey, who was curious about Rhian'sfan's involvement on the alleged spreading of Mark and his rumored collegegirlfriend, 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 kungsaan nanggagaling-mas lalo na siguro kung tungkol sa ibang tao pero, kung may kuneksyonman sa akin, e, hindi ko yun fans. Ang fans sumusuporta, di ba?"
How about the Internet photo showingRhian 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 theInternet that were taken in Singapore, what can Rhian say to this type ofintrigue?
"Pumunta nga akong Singapore, yun angtotoong part," Rhian admitted. "Pero...oo nag-model ako pero wala akong sexy naginawa. Lahat naman ng kuha namin sa Singapore nilabas naman sa Internet kasi siyempremga photographers nilalabas din nila. Wala naman akong ilalabas na ikahihiyako, ‘di ba? Nakita ko nga yung photos na nasa Internet, and well, kita naman nakuha sa cell phone, so..."
MARKHERRAS PATCHES THINGS UP. Joey asked Mark if hewas able to have a chat with Rhian about the supposed involvement of Rhian'sfans on spreading the rumor about him and a non-showbiz college girl who waslabeled as Mark's girlfriend.
"Actually, yung mga nanggugulo," Markbegan, "before pa, e, sabi na ni Rhian na parang hindi niya fans.Parang, bakitkailangan 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 tawagdoon."
How about the college girl on thephoto, 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, ‘pagpinag-usapan ka ng hindi mo alam, at lumabas na tungkol sa iyo, siyempremahihiya ka talaga."
Rhian agreed by saying, "Actually kawawanga kasi, alam mo yun, at least tayo showbiz, kaya puwede tayong sumagot."
Do Mark and Rhian still have thatbalanced relationship with their fans?
Marksaid, "Ako, ok ako sa mga fans."
How about the two of them, do they talkabout their fans, especially the fights and the writings?
"Minsan,"Rhian said. "Yung maganda nga sana kung... ‘di ba, umaabot din sa amin na nag-aawaydaw 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 askedif she had already spoken to her fans. Rhian answered, "Ako naman kasi, matagalko nang sinasabi sa kanila na huwag, ayoko na may kaaway ako at alam naman nilayun. As much as possible, e, ayaw namin ng aggressive, ayaw namin ng ganoon.Hindi sila nakikipag-away. Kung mayroon man, hindi sila yun."
RHIANAND MARK, REEL & REAL LOVE? Lolit askedabout Rhian and Mark's status together. Are they only friends or is theresomething going on between them?
"Linawin ko lang po, hindi po," Markanswered. "Magkaibigan kami ni Rhian. Close friends kami, at buti na lang closekami at alam namin ang mga issue. Kasi, kung hindi kami close at nagkaroon ngissue, e..."
"...Baka tayo pa ang mag away," Rhianvoluntarily ended Mark's sentence.
So does Mark have plans of courtingRhian?
"Eighteen pa daw po," Mark laughed,referring to Rhian's earlier statement about the No-boyfriend-till you're-18rule.