Five years since their short-lived romance, Bea Alonzo and Gerald Anderson were spotted co-hosting a backstage segment for ASAP’s Star Magic Day episode on Sunday, July 25.
Whether or not there’s lingering awkwardness between them is unclear since they didn’t directly interact during their brief segment in the Kapamilya Sunday variety show.
They were surrounded by fellow Star Magic artists including Enchong Dee, Sam Milby, Xian Lim, Robi Domingo and Angelica Panganiban.
LOW-KEY ROMANCE. It will be recalled that Bea, 27, and Gerald, 26, dated shortly after the latter’s controversial breakup with Kim Chiu in 2010.
In YES! Magazine’s June 2013 cover story, Bea opened up for the first time about how she told Gerald to wait for three months before pursuing her.
"'After three months, same date, kung serious ka, 'di text me or call me.' Ganyan.
“In fairness naman, 12 midnight sakto, nag-text siya nang mahabang mahaba."
The two have been very low-key about their relationship, except for the time they were seen leaving together right after the September 2010 Star Magic ball.
Earlier that night, Gerald arrived at Shangri-La Makati's Rizal ballroom with ex-girlfriend/then perennial loveteam Kim Chiu, while Bea was escorted by her good friend Zanjoe Marudo, who eventually became her boyfriend.
THE BREAKUP. In the same interview with YES!, Bea admitted that she and Gerald decided to call it quits because of his mother disapproved of their relationship.
While the actress bore no grudge towards Gerald’s mom, she revealed that she felt it was unfair that the actor did not defend her to his own family.
“Nagalit ako kay Ge [Gerald] noon. Kasi naisip ko 'yung nanay ko, may anak ding lalaki 'yan.
“Si Mama, meron siyang girlfriends ng kapatid ko na ayaw niya din.
“But she wouldn't say na ayaw niya kasi alam niyang masasaktan nga si James, 'yong kapatid ko, at hindi 'yong girl.
"So parang sabi ko kay Ge, 'Ba't ganoon, baka hindi naman alam ng mom mo?
“Baka hindi niya nakikita kung gaano mo ko kamahal? Or baka hindi mo talaga ako ganoon...' 'Di ba, 'yung gano'n?"
It didn't help that Bea had been receiving “death threats” from avid Kimerald fans who blamed her for Kim and Gerald’s breakup that year.
Bea, on the other hand, reiterated that she didn't cause the breakup.
It was around November 2010 when Bea and Gerald agreed to end their relationship, before they joined a Star Magic tour in London.
LONDON TRIP. Bea further told YES!: "Parang there was an agreement between us na we were going to act as a couple in London. But after, wala nang talk...
“[Ginawa namin 'yon] para masaya 'yong last moment namin together.
“Kasi hindi pa pwede talaga. You and me against the world ang drama.
“Hindi ko kaya. Hindi ko kaya talaga.”
Bea is into a more-than-four-year relationship with Zanjoe, while Gerald is currently single after his breakup with Maja Salvador in March this year.