Joshua Garcia and Ria Atayde playfully acknowledged the rumor mill that pegs them as a couple.
Last March 23, the "Viral Scandal" actor was among those who showered the actress with love on her birthday. Sharing a photo of Ria on Instagram Stories, Joshua wrote, "Happy birthday, rumored girlfriend!"
Ria then reposted the greeting and replied, “Salamat, my liwanag and rumored boyfriend! Labyu!”
It can be remembered that the two stars were romantically linked in the past after Joshua joined the Nguya Squad, the celebrity barkada of Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo, which Ria is also a part of.
However, the "Cattleya Killer" actress already dismissed the rumors in an interview in October last year, maintaining that she and Joshua are just friends.
"We laughed about it. It's actually like something, ‘Uy, rumored boyfriend halika rito.' Like, I mean, we are friends," she said.
Ria said Joshua is also very close with her mom, Sylvia Sanchez, whom he has worked with in the afternoon series "The Greatest Love."
"I am super, super comfortable with him. Because nga he is my mom's grandson in 'The Greatest Love' and because of that he actually celebrated Christmas with us that year and we're close. Like we just don't post about each other or anything. Pero 'yun nga we're close because of that," she added.
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