Updated Mar 13, 2019, 5:46:44 PM
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 13) — Fans of on- and off-screen partners Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla will no longer see them doing projects together—at least this year.
In an open letter published on Preview.ph, Bernardo revealed that they had decided to not pursue projects for 2019.
"Some of you might already be aware of this, but late last year, we made a mutual decision to not accept projects together this 2019," she said in the letter published Tuesday.
This comes after the announcement of Bernardo's upcoming project with actor Alden Richards.
While the 22-year-old actress acknowledged that the decision is risky and scary, she said she is "excited to discover what kind of opportunities await us both in this journey."
"We both know it's going to be tough for both of us and maybe even tougher for our fans, but we really gave it some thought, and while there's nothing we want more than to make you happy, we'd appreciate if you can give us this year to pursue our individual growth this time around," she said, appealing to their fans.
Bernardo assured that they will still support each other behind the camera.
"Needless to say, DJ and I will still be here; I will always have his back in the same way that I know he always has mine. It's just that, in the meantime, we want to support each other off-cam," she said.
Bernardo and Padilla first worked together in 2011 on teen-oriented show "Growing Up." Since then, they had amassed a legion of fans—making them arguably the most popular "love team" in the country. Their on-screen success also gave birth to "KathNiel," the portmanteau name of their tandem.
In August last year, the two confirmed their romantic relationship of five years.
The two were rumored to have parted ways last month, but Padilla vehemently denied the news.