EXCLUSIVE: Julia Barretto Shares What She Loves Most About Boyfriend Gerald Anderson
In an exclusive interview with Metro.Style, she shared everything she loves and appreciates about this "wonderful man" in her life
Julia Barretto recently celebrated a milestone in her vlogging career. She just reached and quickly surpassed 1 million subscribers on video-sharing platform YouTube.
Posting a 4-minute-long highlight video compilation of her vlogs, she writes, "It has been quite the journey. I am very grateful today for a lot of reasons, and one of them is being given the chance to let you get to know me better. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!"
Julia started vlogging in September 2019, launching her "Just Julia" YouTube channel with a vlog on how she got ready for the ABS-CBN Ball that year. Some of her most viewed vlogs to date are her episodes "A Day in My Life," "#DrunkAndSpill Ep 1: Drunk Get Ready With Marco Gumabao," "#JustJulia Closet Tour," "#JustJulia: What's In My Bag," and "#JustJulia Tries the Ultimate ABG Makeup Transformation."
Indeed, for Julia Barretto, there's a lot to be thankful for despite the recent, much talked-about relationship controversy she figured in with Gerald Anderson and Bea Alonzo.
She and Gerald, who recently appeared on the cover of Metro.Style, have finally put the dating rumors to rest when she posted a photo of the two of them on Instagram, to greet him on his birthday last March 7. “Everyday I celebrate you, but today I am extra grateful. Happy birthday my love, I am SO PROUD OF YOU,” Julia captions her post. Gerald, on the other hand, made his relationship with Julia Instagram-official days later, when he also posted a birthday greeting for her last May 10, telling her, “Happy birthday. #youareablessing.”
They are obviously more comfortable giving a glimpse into their relationship now. They even featured each other in their own YouTube channels, and both episodes have reached close to two million views, as of this writing.
In an exclusive interview with Metro.Style, Julia opens up about her boyfriend Gerald.
What was your first impression of Gerald, and as you got to know him, did that prove to be right?
“Gerald from the very beginning is a gentleman. And anyone you ask would say the same thing. He is by nature a very caring and concerned individual and likes to make everyone feel comfortable and safe. Up to this day, I am proven right. I am well taken care of by this wonderful man.”
What do you love and appreciate most about Gerald? Who is Gerald Anderson off-cam?
“Gerald is the most generous person I know. He likes to share all his blessings and achievements with the people in his life. He enjoys these more shared and never alone. He puts others and their well-being first. He likes to give people the opportunity to grow. He knows how to push everyone around him to be the best version of themselves. Gerald doesn’t force this in others, he leads by example—and that to me, is a gift. Gerald off-cam is a funny guy. I don’t think this is a side of him many know. He has a unique humor that cracks me up all the time.”
What do you share in common in terms of personality and interests?
“Ge and I have the same zodiac sign, we’re both Pisces. We love the water, love being on the beach, being under the sun and going on adventures. In terms of personality, we are both empathetic and optimistic. We have a soft heart for others. We like to be available for those who are in need of comfort in any way. Along the way, what I’ve noticed about the two of us, is that we both know how to silence the noise and find the good in all situations. We know how to carry on. We’re both very optimistic. Because individually we are this way, when put together, we are able to create a bubble, an atmosphere with good energy and is peaceful. Good energy is very important for the both of us so we like to keep things this way.”
What has been Gerald's positive influence on you? In what ways did he improve you as a person?
“This question made me quite emotional thinking about all the improvement I’ve noticed in myself since being with him. I’m not sure he realizes the impact he’s had in my life. Gerald has made all my complicated, simple. In all situations, he helps put things into proper perspective for me. He has grounded and humbled me as a person. I am grateful everyday that I have a partner that looks out for me, fuels me and drives me to become a better person, for everyone and most especially for myself.”
If you are to star in a series or a movie with Gerald again, what is an ideal plot or genre for you that also reflects each of your dream roles?
“Funny, I asked him this question just a few days ago. We thought a part 2 of Between Maybes would be nice. Having our characters (Louie and Hazel) meet again, and hopefully this time end up together in the end. Personally, I think a nice classic love story, or an action packed love story in the likes of Mr. and Mrs. Smith.”
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