Maine Mendoza's Fans Think Arjo Atayde Was Super Gutsy For Dating Her—Here's Why
Arjo Atayde stepped up to the truth in a room full of reporters ready to get his words on record, and with gusto, the Kapamilya star, Buy Bust baddie, and Tol lead confirmed the rumors that have been swirling above his head for months; he's got his eyes on a pretty girl, and he fancies her enough to keep seeing her and only her.
"Exclusively dating" is what he called it.
The thing is, he's not just seeing any other girl.
Arjo is in like with Maine Mendoza, one-half of one of the country's most successful love teams whose diehard fans want nothing else but to see her and her onscreen partner Alden Richards go from reel-to-real lovers. The arrival of Arjo (i.e: a disrupting presence in the AlDub pairing) may not exactly sit well with them, but nonetheless, they're happy to see their primetime idol happy with a new flame.
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But all her fans are watching Arjo closely, and want him to know it. He better not mess things up, so to speak—or else. A Tweet from one of Maine's biggest fans pretty much encapsulates what her fanbase feels about her new beau:
Dear Arjo Atayde, please read my letter to you. Please be careful with Maine Mendoza's heart. I can feel you have her heart now. Also, pls dont challenge the fans. There are fans who have mental problems & might hurt you & Maine. Guard yourselves! God bless u & Maine! Chill lang! pic.twitter.com/9szQ2m3U8d— showbiz_news (@entertain29) January 22, 2019
Begrudgingly, they're giving Arjo their kudos for being brave enough to single out their queen and announce his intentions for dating her; although they aren't yet officially a couple, the fact that Arjo has openly hinted at monogamy with Maine is good enough even for the most intense of fans—for now.
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More so, he's even gone as far as addressing those who made it clear that they would never approve of he and Maine. In a statement, he said, "I don’t know how to get mad. I don’t know how to disrespect people. I despise disrespectful people. If they disrespect me, it’s fine though. But for my family to get affected, for Maine to be disrespected… that’s not okay with me."
The protectiveness over this special girl in his life was loud and clear, and for the most part, people applauded him for taking a stand and deeming his budding relationship more important than the opinions of others.
Overall, as it's only been a week since Arjo drew the curtain away from this big secret, reactions to his big reveal remain mixed.
Here's what Maine's biggest supporters had to say about her brewing romance with Arjo:
There you heard it directly from #MaineMendoza 's very gallant friend/exclusive date - #ArjoAtayde wag na idamay si Alden. Past is past,& at least there seems to be a brighter and happier present,& hopefully future for our gurl with her brave & chivalrous Knight in Shining Armor.— SP (@itsmeeh_SP02) January 25, 2019
3years of exclusive on-screen dating will easily be trumped by 3months of exclusive off-screen dating.— Arwen??ArMaine (@Arwen_I_ArMaine) January 22, 2019
Be strong #ArMaine! Happy for you both!! @mainedcm @AtaydeArjo #MaineMendoza #ArjoAtayde
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OMG!! Finally, someone stood up for @mainedcm ?? Naiiyak ako shet. Im so happy. ??— Jecjec (@Jecjec214) January 23, 2019
Pahingi nga rin ng isang @AtaydeArjo ??#armaine #ArjoAtayde #MaineMendoza
Braveman ka Arjo Atayde!@mainedcm @AtaydeArjo#MaineMendoza#ArjoAtayde#ArMaine— ??08 Team ArMaine_@m?? (@boom_mm0395) January 22, 2019
Ang sad lang, wala na talaga #aldub. No projects and no real-life possibilities of being together ??. This fan is sad. But Happy for Maine and Alden. Carry on. ??— aldubgfx (@aldubgfx) January 24, 2019
He admitted that they are exclusively dating butttt nuhhh I still love #AlDub #ALDUBNationEmbrace— Edlyn Mozo Solis (@dimpledz_) January 27, 2019
Happy for Maine. #AlDub fan as a love team but let them live their real lives.— A B RICHARDS (@truepinaye2) January 27, 2019
#CarGel, parang papunta ata sila sa hinantungan ng #AlDub. Fans being too nosy, stepping out of the line. Let them be! We owed them the happiness we had after seeing them together again. They do not deserve any of the treatments they are receiving now. ??— Queenielen Hingpit (@queeniebata) January 20, 2019
AlDub is AlDub, it was one of the greatest love teams in Pinoy Showbiz. They made history, they made a lot of people happy. Sabi nga: "Some good things never last." We all need to accept the truth and that is, Alden & Maine are not together in real life. #ALDUB— STACY is here!!! (@MaineGov16) January 23, 2019
IF U R A FAN OF MAINE MENDOZA, u will listen to her & not bully the Atayde family. If u cant do that, THEN PLS DONT FOLLOW @mainedcm. Find another idol to follow. Ok lang naman mabawasan ng fans si Maine. Basta ang matitira ay yung ma respeto & not bullies. #aldub is fiction.— showbiz_news (@entertain29) January 22, 2019
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It's a tricky start to their unfolding love story, but if Maine and Arjo stick to what's most important (a.k.a., their feelings for each other), we're sure they'll be more than fine and will be well on their way to becoming a happy couple.
In case you missed it, rumors about this pair first emerged in October when they were repeatedly seen around enjoying each other's company. To date, their only project together as professionals was last year's Jack Em Popoy: The Puliscredibles.
Photos from @arjoatayde @mainedcm