[Featured Image Screenie from Marlon Stockinger IG Account] A simple “unfollow” of 2 high profile personalities on the Instagram feed was enough to get tongues wagging. Netizen followers of model-slash-race car champ Marlon Stockinger and 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach saw how the lovebirds unfollowed one another on the image-sharing social media app. It was enough to stoke the fires surrounding rumors that they couple has split.
Primetime news program TV Patrol got hold of Stockinger in an interview dated 13 July 2017. The latter was quick to nip any speculations of a break-up in the bud. “People just talk about it. But it’s all just that, talk. They’re simply ‘tsismis’.” He added that unfollowing each other on their respective public accounts on Instagram was an effort to keep their relationship private. “You know, there are things that we both had to deal behind two doors. Things we don’t need to share with everyone else.”
An effort to share less details of their relationship on social media does not have to mean that Stockinger had less love for the crowned beauty. With memes circulating that featured their images and highlighting Wurtzbach’s ample bosom, some netizen-followers found the couple’s decision as understandable.
Stockinger expected the rumors to escalate once the act of mutual unfollowing showed up on the public newsfeed. As far as the couple is concerned, in the words of Stockinger, “We are following each other and there’s no issue.”
This was allegedly the second time that Stockinger unfollowed Wurtzbach on Instagram. The first time that it happened was a bigger issue though as Wurtzbach did not unfollow Stockinger after the latter unfollowed her. It was as if the public was more interested with whether the couple followed or unfollowed one another than the images that they uploaded on their respective accounts.
Some netizens chose to speculate though that apart from their respective “official social media accounts”, Stockinger and Wurtzbach have personal (and private) versions of these aforementioned accounts. Either account has yet to be confirmed. And neither Stockinger nor Wurtzbach has confirmed the existence of such accounts. In fact, Wurtzbach has not spoken to any media personality about her side of this mutual unfollowing incident. On whether she or Stockinger did is anyone’s guess. So screenies, as of this writing, has leaked. Perhaps it is a mutual effort to be more of an actual couple than a social media love team? Is that what Stockinger meant when said “We are following each other”?
Stockinger’s last Instagram post pertained to his return to Singapore for a hosting gig with Fox Sports Asia. Once part of the Motorsport racetrack himself, it is now his turn to provide insights about the sport he reigned. Motorsport, as he himself stated on his latest Instagram post “is my passion.” He started his stint as TV presenter for the 2017 Formula 1 as of 16 July 2017.