Paolo Ballesteros shared his observations about his fellow Eat Bulaga co-host Maine Mendoza after she wrote her open letter to fans.
During the February 8 press conference of his upcoming movie Amnesia Love held at Le Reve Events Place in Quezon City, the actor was asked about the status of Maine and Alden Richards.
Paolo said, "Silang dalawa, nagkaka in love-an naman sila, silang dalawa ang bahala dun."
In November 2017, Maine published an open letter in her blog asking fans for "freedom."
"I feel like I’m living in box," wrote Maine in the blog post that she released two years after being part of the AlDub phenomenon.
She stated that she and Alden are just friends and part of a love team.
Maine also made a request: "I do hope I have also given you enough joy for you to give me the freedom I believe I deserve. Freedom to feel what I want to feel, be what I want to be, and do what I want to do."
When PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked Paolo if he thinks Maine is getting tired of showbiz, he answered, "Ewan ko.
"Iba naman siyempre yung sa kanya, kasi parang lahat ng tao, [nagsasabi], 'Gawin niya.' Lahat ng tao may masasabi.
"Okay lang na may comment pero pag uutusan mo na rin siya, yung mga taong pumupuna sa kanya, kumbaga inuutusan na rin siya, dinidirektahan na rin siya.
"I guess nakakapagod na rin."
Does he give advice to his fellow Dabarkad?
"Wala... wala naman kaming parang serious na usapan.
"Puro kabugukan lang ang usapan namin sa barangay," lahad niya.
In the noontime show, Paolo and Maine are part of the "Juan for All, All for Juan Sugod Bahay" segment wherein they interview residents and give them cash prizes.
Did Paolo feel sad when Maine wrote her open letter?
"Una, hindi naman kasi siya artista na... kumbaga bagong artista siya at ang level na nakamtan niya, kumbaga kailangan matagal na panahon pa bago maabot yung ganun.
"I guess medyo na-shock siya, na-overwhelm."
Does he give advice for her to stay in the entertainment industry?
"Of course, dapat mag-stay.
"Kumbaga, part na siya talaga ng 'Juan for All.'"