MANILA, Philippines – After evading the issue for several months, John Lloyd Cruz has sat down with "The Buzz" host Boy Abunda to finally admit that Shaina Magdayao is his new girlfriend.
During his exclusive interview, the “You Changed My Life” lead star also confessed that he had a “very special relationship” with former beauty queen Ruffa Gutierrez, but he did not elaborate.
“Yes, it’s us,” Cruz briefly said when Abunda asked him to confirm rumors that he and Magdayao are now going steady.
The actor quickly clarified that, contrary to rumors, he was not the reason behind Magdayao and John Prats’ break-up.
According to him, at the height of the speculations, he and Prats had talked “man to man” about the issue. He said Prats merely brushed off the intrigue.
“Kasi ang nangyayari na noon parang naapektuhan na ‘yong reputation noong tao. She was being put in a bad light. Hindi naman ‘yon fair,” he said as he admitted that he initiated the conversation with Prats.
Cruz said Prats told him that he was okay and that he wanted to move on.
When asked, meanwhile, if his relationships with Gutierrez and Magdayao had “overlapped,” the actor answered in the negative.
“Nagkausap sila at nagkaayos na. So, tapos na,” he added.
He also categorically denied that he promised Pop Star Princess Sarah Geronimo that he would court her in 5 years. “That's not true. Hindi mo ‘yon pinapangako sa isang babae... Hindi mo naman alam kung anong puwedeng mangyari.... Alam niya at alam ko ang katotohan.”
He also took offense to claims that he was a “womanizer” and that he was a “bad influence.”
The box office king lamented that the more he refused to address those issues, the more people speculated and took advantage of his silence. He cited, in particular, all the negative and “baseless” write-ups about him.
He said he decided to “come out once and for all” because people who matter to him were also getting affected by the issues.
“Maraming tao na ang nadadamay. Maraming tao ang nasasaktan… Hindi na nakakatuwa,” he said.
At this point in his life, Cruz said he has nothing to complain about. He said he wished the same happiness to his detractors.