Neymar has leapt to the defence of his ex-girlfriend Bruna Marquezine after he was pictured kissing stunning pop star Anitta at Rio Carnival this month.
Actress Bruna, 23, unfollowed Anitta, 25, and deleted her Instagram account when photos of the smooch emerged.
Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar today tweeted: “I do not understand, I’m a fan of her as an actress and as a woman. “We did not work for some reasons and that nobody has to get … You have to respect [Bruna] as an actress.”
Neymar, 27, who split with on-again, off-again girlfriend Bruna in October after six years together, urged his ex to ignore the “bulls***” from trolls. He added: “But stay calm @BruMarquezine.
“They just try to talk bulls*** about talented people and this you have too much. “I will always care about and respect you and I will defend you, as I know who you are.”
Brazilian Bruna reactivated her Instagram account on March 8.
Yesterday she claimed her decision had nothing to do with Neymar’s love life.
Responding to a tweet claiming Bruna deleted her social media account due to the pain of watching Neymar move on, she wrote: “It was not any of that.”
Local reports claimed Neymar and Anitta “had kissed a lot” in a VIP area of the Sambadrone.
News website UOL claimed the injured player and the Rio-born pop sensation, whose 2013 debut album reached the No1 spot in Brazil, headed back to her pad with a group including surfer Gabriel Medina after the party finished.
Anitta, real name Larissa de Macedo Machado, admitted she was not friends with Bruna.
But she insisted she was just good friends with Neymar and nothing had happened between them.