Amid the public separation of celebrity couple Moira dela Torre and Jason Hernandez, their handler Mac Merla has dismissed “malicious speculation” that he is the third party involved in their relationship.
On June 1, Mac took to Instagram to set the record straight about the now-viral photo showing him sitting close to Jason during a flight, which was first shared by social media personality Xian Gaza.
“Saw this post of Xian which has become a subject of malicious speculation. Just for the sake of clarity, for those who do not know us, I am Mac Merla of Cornerstone Entertainment Inc. I am the handler of Jason and Moira. This was taken during our flight to Dubai for Moira's event which was taken by Moira herself,” he spoke up.
Mac implored netizens to steer clear of unnecessary controversy that would only worsen the difficult ordeal of the “Ikaw At Ako” singers.
“This is a very difficult time and we continue to pray for both of them. Pakiusap ko lang sana sa inyo bilang malapit nilang kaibigan na sana umiwas na tayo sa mga speculations na hindi nakakatulong sa napakahirap na sitwasyon na pinagdaraanan ni Moi and Jason,” he added.
It was last May 31 when Moira and Jason announced in a joint statement that they have decided to end their three years of marriage.
“It is with a heavy heart that after 3 years of marriage, we announce that we are parting ways. Our love and respect for each other remains. We request for privacy during this difficult time,” the post read.
In the post's caption, Jason admitted that his infidelity led to the breakup: “This is probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to write. Though my love for her has always been genuine, a few months ago, I confessed to Moira that I have been unfaithful to her during our marriage. I believe that she deserved to know the truth rather than continue down a ‘peaceful’ but dishonest path. I take full responsibility and I’m doing my best to be better. From the bottom of my heart, I’m sorry for everyone I hurt. Especially Moi."
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