Earlier this month, the viewing public got “shookt” after Kapamilya actress Janella Salvador openly admitted that her onscreen partner and rumored boyfriend Elmo Magalona inflicted physical violence against her.
In an exclusive interview with Philippine Star entertainment columnist Ricky Lo, Janella revealed that Elmo had hurt her physically and this is not the first time that the latter laid his hands on her.
“The first time happened months earlier. He claimed that he didn’t remember what he did, maybe because he had a drink, and he asked for forgiveness and I gave him a chance,” Janella revealed.
“I told him ’Next time, don’t bring yourself to the point that you will hurt someone.’ He promised naman that he wouldn’t do it again,” she added.
The 20-year-old actress narrated that the second instance when Elmo hurt her was when they had an argument after attending a party, but this time, she had the energy to fought back and slap back Elmo as she felt disrespected.
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Janella also bravely admitted that after this series of violent acts, she decided to seek psychiatric help saying that the incident caused her trauma.
She also clarified that she is not doing this to ruin Elmo’s reputation but to tell the truth and end the speculations about the issue.
“I just want to correct the lies being spread against me and my mom and to let the truth out. I thought long and hard before I decided to speak out. I gave (Elmo) the chance to speak up and own up to what he did but it seems that somebody is stopping him from doing it,” she said.
Weeks after this controversial revelation, Janella was spotted with fellow Kapamilya actor Marco Gumabao partying in The Island resto-bar in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City.
Apparently, it was the same place where the alleged confrontation between Janella and Elmo happened last month.
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In a video going rounds on social media, it seems like Janella and Marco are having a romantic date, this was taken last October 26, 2018, after the concert of Mario Mortel.
But in a text message to Inside Showbiz, Marco clarified that the photo was not a date and they were with a group of friends during that time.
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“We weren’t on a date. We were a lot eating out lang. It wasn’t just the two of us,” Marco said.
As of writing, Janella has not spoken up about the said viral photo.