7 Celebrity Duos You Didn't Know Were Childhood Friends

by Leika Golez   |  Jul 20, 2022
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Since growing up in the spotlight is difficult, many young celebrities befriend each other in the hopes of finding comfort in the cutthroat industry. You may not realize it, but lots of your fave celeb BFFs today have actually been friends years before they made it big in the local entertainment scene. Steadfast and supportive, these pairs will convince you that true friends are forever! 

Ready to take a trip down memory lane? Ahead, we’ve rounded up seven celebrity duos who are actually childhood pals: 

1. Andrea Brillantes and Alexa Ilacad 

When we asked Andrea about her first-ever showbiz friend earlier this year, she immediately thought of Alexa! They were just Goin’ Bulilit playmates over a decade ago, but now they’re planning to be roommates for their upcoming world tour in America. Cute! 

2. Gabbi Garcia and Julia Barretto 

ICYDK, Gabbi and Julia were actually high school classmates in St. Paul College, Pasig. In a past interview, Gabbi shared that she and Julia would usually cram their homework together because both of them struggled to handle their hectic schedules. Because of their unwavering support for each other, they managed to graduate on time and rise to fame together. 


3. Claudia Barretto and Juliana Gomez 

Like Julia and Gabbi, Claudia and Juliana got close to each other as schoolmates. It seems like only yesterday when they made waves on social media for wearing the prettiest evening gowns to their high school prom! Now young adults, they're currently excelling in their respective fields, but they make sure to ~bond~ every once in a while. ICYDK, they’re vacationing in Leyte with the rest of their barkada!

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4. Miles Ocampo and Kathryn Bernardo

Although Miles and Kathryn grew apart as they got older, these two former child stars will always have a special place in our hearts. Case in point: Miles posted the sweetest birthday greeting for Kathryn in 2019 following a heartfelt reunion with their other Goin’ Bulilit friends. 

5. Akira Morishita and Francine Diaz

You may already know that Francine and Zack Tabudlo are childhood besties, but Akira was actually part of their squad as well! Fun fact: The three of them were under the same talent agency when they were first starting out in showbiz! Given their long-time friendship, it comes as no surprise that Akira and Francine worked so well together in Bola Bola, their latest web series.


6. Angelina Cruz and Lorin Gutierrez

Thanks to the friendship of their mothers Ruffa Gutierrez and Sunshine Cruz, Angelina and Lorin have been bonding with each other for the longest time. Aside from visiting each other’s houses to hang out, they also enjoy attending parties together and interacting on social media

7. Kyline Alcantara and Belle Mariano 

Before Kyline transferred to GMA Network, she was a Kapamilya talent like Belle! Although they no longer get to work on the same shows together, they continue to support each other from afar and arrange check-in meetups every so often. Awww, so sweet! 


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