(UPDATED) Amid pregnancy rumors, Julia Barretto posted a photo showing her toned abs with the caption that read: “FAKE NEWS :)”.
About the same time Julia shared the Instagram photo, Gerald Anderson also posted in his own account about how fake news spreads fast during this time and connected the statement to some thoughts about his just-concluded teleserye A Soldier’s Heart.
In his Instagram stories, he also continued to indirectly address the rumor by sharing fan posts carrying the hashtags #NoToFakeNews.
From the comments, the posts were immediately taken as a response to online speculation that the 23-year-old actress is pregnant with the 31-year-old actor’s baby. These posts came on the heels of a statement from their talent management agency, Star Magic, that denied the rumor.
The pregnancy talk started from a Facebook post of veteran broadcast journalist Jay Sonza early Monday. “Congratulations sa aking kapitbahay sa Congressional Village, Bahay Toro, Quezon City,” he wrote in the post that has since gone viral.
“Napatunayan nina Visoy (visayan tisoy) Gerald Anderson at anak nina Dennis Padilla at Marjorie na si Julia Barreto na kapuwa hindi sila baog. After months of love lockdown and ESQ (exact sex quadrant) — may nabuo sa sinapupunan ni Julia.”
Star Magic then shut down the rumor that the Kapamilya stars — long rumored to be in a relationship — were expecting a baby.