In case you haven't noticed, it’s already been years since Gen Z singers Darren Espanto and JK Labajo last spoke up about their strained friendship. Although the two became BFFs while competing in The Voice Kids Philippines together, they eventually grew apart after getting into a ~Twitter war~ last 2018. Darren’s mom then filed a legal case to fire back against JK’s “gayness at its fineness” statement, but the issue slowly fizzled out without any clear conclusions a year later.
Most recently, Darren’s rumored girlfriend Cassy Legaspi was questioned about the issue again as she’s currently starring with JK in the musical film Ako Si Ninoy. Without giving any details, Cassy distanced herself from the issue and claimed that she’d rather not get involved.
"Hindi ko alam, dedma lang ako. That I don't know," she answered when asked by PEP.ph about the feud. Cassy also added that she’s in no position to comment on their personal business even though they’re mutual friends.
"Kami ni JK, we're friends ever since before pa kaya I already know him,” she shared. She then added, “Hindi ko nga alam ang issue na yan. Saka siguro huwag na lang kasi I'm not part of that.”
“Siguro no na, kasi I feel lang it should come from his end if he wants to open up,” she concluded. Cassy also shared that Darren was surprised that Cassy accepted the role, but not because of JK’s involvement.
"Because Darren is also in a musical sa kabila, when he heard it was a musical, nagulat din siya,” she divulged. "Pero nagulat lang siya because he knows na super mahiyain ako in terms of singing. I'm super shy and we're super close.”
In fact, Darren even offered to help Cassy rehearse for her role: “Sabi niya, 'If you need help, you can always ask me.' Kasi siyempre, yung [project] niya is a musical also.” Awww, how sweet!
Meanwhile, Cassy stated that she’s proud of herself for overcoming her shyness and practicing consistently. “Ang daming first—first movie, first musical. Of course, medyo pressured ako or medyo takot ako sa mga response ng tao. Pero at the same time, I am very, very proud of what we did here and of what I did here,” she said.