Alden Richards speaks up on 'AlDub' issue: 'Hindi ako property ng kahit sino'

 Alden plays Tristan Hernandez in Start-Up PH which is winding down in December (Photos courtesy of @kapusoprgirl on Instagram)

Kapuso heartthrob Alden Richards finally commented on the Aldub issue which persists four years after the loveteam broke up. He said he takes full responsibility if "AlDub" didn't end up romantically the way fans expected them to be, but the most important thing is he and former screen partner Maine Mendoza are "good friends."

"We're grateful but I make a stand to not let people control my life. Ito ang prinsipyo ko sa buhay. Hindi ako property ng kahit sino. I have my own choices, I have my own decisions so I stick to that," he declared in a media conference in Cebu City over the weekend.

"Minsan very unfair sa industry natin because of the team-up that has happened. It puts a pressure on both of the individuals. Syempre, hindi naman natin mapi-please ang mga taong gusto natin i-please," Alden added.

Aldub's famed team-up was again in the news recently after Maine was interviewed in the vlog of talent manager Ogie Diaz. She lamented that up to this day, some avid fans insist that she and Alden are married and have a child together.

Maine is already engaged to Quezon City congressman Arjo Atayde while Alden continues to keep mum about his private life.

The award-winning singer-actor revealed that there's a pitch for him to be paired with Maine again, but it's still in the pipeline.

Alden Richards made a lot of his fans happy with his song numbers at the Kapuso Mall Shows last weekend

During the Cebu mediacon, Alden was with actress Bea Alonzo who stars with him in the hit Kapuso series, Start-Up PH. They were asked their views on how to make a screen pairing work, and Alden's reply seemed to be referring to his popular team-up with Maine.

"From the very word itself: love team. You should be a team, you should work together. It's not always the side of the other half na masusunod. Hindi man maging kayo, hindi man kayo maging involved romantically, at the end of the day, kailangan maging magkaibigan kayong dalawa."

Likewise, Alden was asked on the similarity he has with Tristan Hernandez, his character in Start-Up PH who is a successful investor. It was at this point that Alden revealed a little-known facet of himself.

"Si Tristan, he endures pain alone, I am like that as a person," he revealed.

"First time ko itong sasabihin. You all see me as this bubbly, playful person na very warm. But sometimes kasi, there are certain pains in my life that I prefer to keep to myself. The more I share it, the more painful it gets. So minsan, yung mga bagay, sinasarili ko na lang kasi mas nakakatulong sya sa akin," he confessed.