More than Day 1 of
FHM looks back at the significant moments that have led Maine and Alden to where they are now after much of the AlDub craze subsided, particularly their collective and individual ups and downs.
Destined To Be Yours
Something about AlDub removed from their usual noontime slot just doesn't feel right. We're obsessed with Maine, but like My Bebe Love and her MMFF Best Supporting Actress award, the love team looked forced on primetime. Even the nightly Twitter campaigning—though not
Maine vs Joey de Leon on depression
It wasn't exactly a low on her part, but rather on the so-called "Henyo Master." Most of the time, the tactless Joey would get away with what comes out of his mouth. But when he trivialized depression, describing it as "
Maine asks for 'freedom' in open letter
Late last year, the Pessimistic Optimist Bella addressed the AlDub Nation through her blog. There, she thanked fans for their support but also called out the controlling ones, writing, "I feel like I live in a box." More importantly, Maine set the record straight: "Alden and I are just friends." Contrary to the negative feedback that she expected, fellow celebrities praised her bravery.
Juancho Trivino flips 'Alden' the bird
Well, it was actually just a poster of Alden, but AlDub fans didn't spare his DTBY co-star their wrath after a clip of the supposedly disrespectful gesture circulated online. The hate on Juancho was fueled by his closeness to Maine, whom he even called "special." The actor-model has said sorry for the "bad joke," while Alden dismissed the whole thing, saying, "It's not a big deal."
Imagine You And Me
For every My Bebe Love and Destined To Be Yours, there's an outlier like the 2016 mid-year rom-com and AlDub's first-anniversary gift to fans. Set in Italy, IYAM had the year's second-highest opening gross (over P21.5M), behind KathNiel's Barcelona: A Love Untold. Maine wasn't only credited as the film's female lead, but also the songwriter of its titular theme song.
#AlDubMcDoPaRin: Tayong Dalawa
The meteoric rise, undeniable chemistry, and
The nod for Alden's best project post-AlDub easily goes to the 2018 Martial Law special Alaala (won New York Festivals silver medal award), but his lead role as the superhero Hammerman might be giving him a greater sense of gratification. Just ask Maine, who posted on Twitter, "Congratulations
No other celebrity has had quite the surge to superstardom like Maine, who went from getting discovered for making wacky faces to emerging as one of the country's biggest showbiz personalities. Alden may be reaping the benefits of the AlDub craze, judging from his revitalized career and primetime show, but he has the Dubsmash Queen-turned-Phenomenal Star to thank for.