ABS-CBN stars Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber released a joint statement on their respective Instagram accounts this Sunday, April 5.
Maymay and Edward say there is "no need" to rush into "a romantic relationship between us at this point."
The two agree that they're "both still very young" and they have "so much more" they want to achieve.
In their three years as the MayWard love team, the young Kapamilya talents say they also realized that "being the best of friends will even be more beneficial for us."
They say they are "more comfortable" this way.
Clearly aware that their many ardent fans will be disappointed, they say: "Sana po ay maintindihan nyo po kami."
Published as written, part of their statement reads: "Masaya at masarap po sa pakiramdam ang idea ng isang romantic relationship, but as we go along our journey, we realize na hindi basta-basta lang to get into a relationship.
"Sana po ay maintindihan nyo po kami.
"Patuloy namin inaalagaan ang isa't isa at ang relasyon namin bilang magkaibigan."
Maymay and Edward assure fans—who, historically, like love teams in reel life to be love teams in real life—that the MayWard reel love team is intact.
"Kami pa din ang magkasama dahil there's no one else we would rather work with, than each other."
Read the full statement below:
MAYMAY, EDWARD ADMIT TO A "MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING"
During their interview on Tonight WIth Boy Abunda in September 2019, Maymay and Edward admitted that there is "mutual understanding" between them.
Maymay added that if she were to have a boyfriend, it would be Edward.
In the words of the former Pinoy Big Brother winner: "Gusto ko siya. Kung may future boyfriend man ako, gusto ko siya.
"Hindi ko po kaya na mawala siya at makita na may iba siya."
For Edward's part, he explained, in an interview on Gandang Gabi Vice that same month, that he could not fully disclose his relationship status with Maymay because he respects her and her family.
He said, "Sa ngayon, hindi ko pa kaya sabihin kasi nirerespeto ko si Maymay at iyong pamilya niya...
"Long story short kasi bata pa ako honestly. So, I'm respecting yung choices and yung ligaw.