Well, this is embarrassing.
Filipino actress Ellen Adarna went viral over the weekend after posting an Instagram Story in which she accused a girl of taking stolen shots of her in a restaurant. It turned out, though, that the girl wasn’t even taking photos of her.
Adarna was in Mendokoro Ramenba, a popular ramen restaurant in Makati, with a man who looked to be her rumored boyfriend, actor John Lloyd Cruz.
She then decided to give the alleged paparazzo a taste of her own medicine and proceeded to take a video of her.
“When you PAP us, We PAP you,” Adarna wrote on her Insta story. “It’s a tie #PAParazziMoves.”
“[Y]ou know the feeling… uncomfy, right?” Adarna asked in her video.
This would’ve been a bold move, except the accused girl has said she wasn’t actually trying to take a photo of the actress.
Seeing as Adarna has more than 3 million Instagram followers, her snaps eventually reached the girl she was accusing.
In a tweet posted on Friday, the girl, under the Twitter handle @Eleiluh, said that she, like every other millennial, just wanted to take a photo of her food.
“So we were casually eating ramen and this happens…We didnt (sic) notice her or even knew it was her. I just wanted to story our food,” she said.
@Eleiluh then followed that up with the video she took in the restaurant, which, like she said, focuses on the ramen and her companion.
sarap pa rin ramen! although it’s just wrong to assume things pic.twitter.com/kUR2gM1gVa
— Eleila (@Eleiluh) May 4, 2018
Still, Adarna insisted that the girl was guilty because of how she looked on the video. On her Instagram Story the actress said:
“Girl, your reaction in the video that I took explains it all. Like you look so guilty, you didn’t even know what to do if you should pick up your chopsticks, you look so conscious, because you panic (sic), because you know I was doing what you’re doing.”
Adarna also asked that if the girl was actually taking a video of her food, why did she have to include the people in the background?
“I saw a video that she took that she was casually eating ramen but like she took a video, girl, if you take a video of your food, you focus on the food. you don’t focus or you don’t show the people in the background,” Adarna said.
To this, @Eleiluh replied: “[W]e really had no clue she was there. thats why i took a vid of not only my food cause I was showing the restaurant as well.”
To reply lang naman to her story we really had no clue she was there. thats why i took a vid of not only my food cause I was showing the restaurant as well :// I did not panic at all cause why would I? I didn't even see her take a video of us so…
— Eleila (@Eleiluh) May 4, 2018
Adarna and Cruz have been on hiatus since late last year when rumors of their relationship started to circulate. There are also rumors that they are expecting a child, which neither of them has confirmed nor denied.
Because they have been away from the public eye, many have tried taking photos of them in public, which is probably why Adarna’s guard was up.
While some have defended Adarna, netizens have been critical of how she reacted to the situation, calling her “petty” and full of herself.
IM WEEPING ellen adarna addressed the whole ‘paparazzi’ issue on her ig story and it’s so frickin petty how she keeps insisting that she was being filmed kahit hindi naman talaga lmfao honey just say you need publicity kasi nalalaos ka na charot
— Justine Danielle (@perksofjustine) May 4, 2018
…. I can't believe Ellen Adarna posted a 12-IG story thread to "explain" and had the gall to brag that she knows the owner of Mendokoro….. But what I can't believe more is that I watched the entire thread…. Ellen…. Stop na teh…. Taga MC yan, walang paki yan sayo
— Paulene (@pochoi8) May 4, 2018
“Ellen Adarna” was still a trending topic on Philippine Twitter this morning, days after the issue was first made public.