Chie Filomeno has finally spoken up about the status of her friendship with fellow Pinoy Big Brother Kumunity Season 10 alumni, Kyle Echarri.
ICYDK, the two formed a close bond during their time on the reality show. After they got out, Chie admitted to having a *crush* on Kyle. "Sino bang hindi magkakaroon ng crush kay Kyle? Sobrang talented niyang bata. Yung mindset niya very infectious," she revealed in a morning show guesting last December 2021.
Since their season aired, Chie has received tons of backlash for her friendship with the 19-year-old actor, especially since he was still largely connected to Francine Diaz, his previous love team partner. It should be noted that Chie has been vocal about her support for their love team in the past.
In an interview with PEP.ph last May, Kyle said that he *blamed* himself when Chie got eliminated and took it upon himself to distance himself from her in an effort to stop the negative comments from bashers.
When PEP.ph recently got the chance to ask Chie how she feels about the current state of their friendship, she admitted that there is a certain degree of awkwardness between them now, even after starring together in the iWant series Beach Bros last July.
"Na-sad ako hearing that now. Alam ko naman kung bakit siya umiiwas and I respect that," she admitted.
"Pero ayun, medyo naging sad lang. Pero kasi, for me, friendship is more important than anything."
She also mentioned that despite everything that happened, she still considers Kyle to be one of her friends and continues to support him however she can. "Ako, like from time to time talaga, kukumustahin ko siya especially kapag alam kong may pinagdadaanan siya. I'd still be there, I'm still a friend," she noted.
According to the 26-year-old actress, their friendship *hasn't* disappeared, though they are more careful now with how they interact with each other due to everything that happened.
"Hindi naman nawala yung friendship, pero siyempre nandun yung ilangan, makikita naman natin kung ano ang mangyayari. Siyempre medyo ilag kami sa isa't isa."