Arjo Atayde Made His Relationship With Maine Mendoza Instagram-Official
The gift, though invisible to the eye and not quite wrapped in pretty paper and ribbons, was better than anything Maine Mendoza could have wished for. She's been blessed with a new relationship, one important enough for her to defend, and with the courage to finally admit her new love even amidst opposition.
As for the man who now holds her heart? He's none other than actor Arjo Atayde, a co-star whose feelings for her extended from reel to real. To outsiders, their relationship was nothing out of the ordinary, maybe even a natural progression of two young people in show business interested in each other and wishing to get to know the other person better.
However, to remind you, Maine isn't just an actress, model, singer, or endorser; the most prominent credit on her CV, to date, is being one half of "AlDub," one of the country's biggest love teams that have ever existed and whose fans are some of the most intensely dedicated primetime television has ever known.
Maine's fans have expressed how affected they are that their idol has deviated from her on-screen romance with Alden Richards to be with Arjo instead.
They, alongside hundreds of rumormongers, have been at her heels since November when stories about her and Arjo first started making their rounds. She's kept mum about the subject since, but on her birthday, the 24-year-old took to the Internet to address all speculation once and for all.
On her personal blog, she wrote, "It's true, I am dating Arjo. We have been going out for quite some time now..."
It's safe to say that her words were pointed and firm, and were meant for those who felt that they had a say over her personal life. (In the same post, she spoke at length about the hobby of "fangirling" over a personality or show, but to be careful about now allowing the interest take over one's life).
Expectedly, her fans (and a handful of ex-fans) had a lot to say about the monumental announcement, their comments divided between approval and disdain.
Those who don't approve had these things to say:
Fake #aldub I hate you— mine (@Pedilyn1) March 3, 2019
Just so you know @mainedcm, fans got hurt not because you admitted your relationship with that guy, but because after years of giving you unconditional support & love you still didn’t try to get to know them & how understanding most of them are.— abby (@lovestoodstill) March 3, 2019
Although I understand where you are coming from, @mainedcm I just want to say that you’ve hurt most of your supporters, especially from ADN. I consider myself open-minded but it can’t be helped. Thank you for being honest with us. I guess I can only root for ALDUB now #ADNCheerUp— Space Wanderer (@CoupleAldub) March 3, 2019
Others who have nothing but well-wishes for the new couple posted these messages:
This sweet birthday message for @mainedcm now has more than 240k likes & counting. It’s just nice to know that Maine dating Arjo is getting the nod of the bigger world outside the circle. Dating is their choice, happiness their goal, wishing them well our share! #MaineMendoza pic.twitter.com/NMdk3gHhyk— Reginald Gutierrez (@reginaldgutz) March 3, 2019
Arjo??Maine, you are both trending haha.. The world loves you for standing up for each other. For fighting for each other. Love should be celebrated &that’s what we’re here for. To celebrate you BOTH.— Arwen??ArMaine ???n? (@Arwen_ArMaine) March 3, 2019
??????#StayStrongArMaine @mainedcm @AtaydeArjo #MaineMendoza #ArjoAtayde pic.twitter.com/pRHVaAsBxy
Bakit #AldubNoMore aminin natin the love team has ran its course. Ganon talaga eh. May reel and real. Isipin na lang natin na napasaya tayo kahit ilang taon. Lesson learned na lang na wag masyado mag invest ng emotions except may fool proof na sila. Let’s be happy for them.— F8 (@f8rodriguez) March 4, 2019
I am not hurt, but rather happy coz the positivity of #ALDUB will always remain in history.. and we are all lucky to be part and experience this phenomenon! Now time to move on and be excited for better horizons for these two lovely people. Cheers to LOVE!— TEAMSHEI (@mynameshei) March 4, 2019
They can invent stories to justify their hatred, but truth always wins. Let their lies and anger consume them. Maybe thru that they'll learn to heal. As for you, soar higher and stay happy. ??@mainedcm | #MaineMendoza #44thMainesary— Maine Mania (@MenggayMania) March 4, 2019
Returning the favor, Arjo posted an official announcement of his own—a visual one, this time, and one he intended to make her smile with on her birthday.
His Instagram now boasts of his first photo with Maine, and it's a cute and candid black and white image of the two sharing a hug with the caption, "My reason for being. Happy birthday to my main."
It's similarly the first time he's directly addressed rumors about their relationship, and he couldn't have done so in a better way. Combined, Maine and Arjo's posts definitely confirm that they're an item.
Considering the attention, both good and bad, Maine and Arjo have had to cruise through in the early stages of their relationship, this pair definitely deserves to be applauded for how they handled it all.
Having to deal with threats, online criticism, and unsolicited judgment might be enough to derail a budding romance in some cases, but not for them—the experience has simply brought them closer together and strengthened a foundation we hope will eventually be one to support a lasting relationship.
Photo from @arjoatayde