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Kapuso talent Nadine Samonte is not eager to comment on the issue involving her “Endless Love” co-stars Bella Padilla and Marian Rivera. According to the 22-year-old actress, a reaction from her would only add fuel to the fire. Asked if her retort should be considered as a revelation of sorts that there is indeed tension on the set of the soap, Samonte gave an enigmatic smile and told Bulletin Entertainment, “No. Ang ibig kong sabihin is that…ayoko na sumali sa issue dahil pareho ko sila kaibigan at ayoko lumala ito.” Recall that Padilla was alleged to have gotten Rivera jealous over her boyfriend Dingdong Dantes. Rumors have it that Rivera even confronted Padilla during which she told her to keep her hands off the hunk.
In an exclusive email interview with Bulletin Entertainment, Padilla said of Dantes, “Our interests and personalities are so different. I’m a hundred percent sure that I have never given her (Marian) any reason to be jealous because I’ve never done or thought anything to imply that I’m interested in Dingdong.” Samonte said that while the matter is being played up by media, she doesn’t feel any strain between Padilla and Rivera. “Pinag-uusapan pa kasi kaya ayun, minsan tuloy parang meron,” she said. Still, if push comes to shove, Samonte admits she would side with Rivera. “Kung sakali lang ito, huh,” she began. “Pero oo, sa tingin ko I’d side with Marian. Not that I won’t listen to whatever Bella would say din…pero, kasi nga mas malapit ako kay Marian.” Did Rivera tell her anything about it? “Meron–pero amin na lang ‘yon.” Samonte mused that the delicate nature of their work often breeds misunderstanding among its players. “Kaya nga ako, madalas ay alangan ako sa mga eksena na may halikan and all. Baka kasi…kasi…minsan mahirap din [on an actor’s part]. “We have to give our all in every scene, in every take. Tapos takot ka na kahit paano eh may magalit sa ‘yo.” Although busy with numerous acting assignments, Samonte is also on the look out for other means of livelihood. “Gusto ko din ‘yang mga business-business. Naiisip ko ngayon bumili ng ilang pirasong motorbikes and gawin tricycle. Kahit tatlo lang muna siguro. ‘Yong tipong hulugan.” Samonte already owns a couple of condo units. “Ang maganda with them [condo units] they earn without you doing much,” she said. On the horizon, too, is the planned 2012 wedding with her non-showbiz boyfriend. “Yeah, tuloy ‘yon. Pero right now, pareho kami, ipon muna,” Samonte said, laughing.