Rayver reacts to Cristine-Derek relationship
Actor says focusing on career over 'love life'
MANILA -- Rayver Cruz only has good words when asked about Derek Ramsay, who is now in a relationship with his former girlfriend, actress Cristine Reyes.
Cruz, who is co-starring with Reyes in "Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin," was asked to comment on the romantic ties of the actress with Ramsay shortly after a press conference held Wednesday for the ABS-CBN drama series.
Ramsay, in a separate interview, confirmed that he and Reyes officially became a couple on August 28, the day the media gathering for the soap was held inside the ABS-CBN compound in Quezon City.
On whether he is "hurt" to learn of the couple's relationship, Cruz said, "If ever man mag-end up sila together, ba't naman hindi? Derek is a decent guy, mabait siyang tao, alam kong maaalagaan niya si AA (Reyes). Syempre napaka-mature niyang tao."
The 24-year-old actor related that his and Reyes' friendship with Ramsay goes a long way, in explaining why he has no qualms about the new relationship.
Reyes and Ramsay started to become friends when they co-starred in the 2011 romance-drama film "No Other Woman." At the time, Cruz noted, he never felt jealous about his former girlfriend's closeness to the actor.
"Iyon 'yung one thing sa akin, hindi ako seloso. And si Derek, kahit ako, kaibigan ko si Derek. Kami pa ni Cristine, talagang tumatambay kami kina Derek. Sila pa ni Angelica (Panganiban) no'n eh. Walang kaso sa'kin, hindi ko siya sinelosan," Cruz said.
He added: "Ang hirap kontrolin lang, ang hirap pigilan sa mundo natin, kasi napakaliit ng mundo natin. Kahit naman ako, mahirap din pigilan pag biglang magkagusto ako sa isang tao na past pala ng kaibigan ko. Wala namang kaso, basta't wala ka lang tinatapakan, sinasagasaan."
Ramsay and Panganiban broke up in February 2012, according to the actress. Reyes and Cruz, on the other hand, confirmed their separation in a televised announcement in January.
Since their break-up, which took place in late 2012, Cruz said he and Reyes have maintained a close relationship. Pointing to their amicable separation, the actor added he is happy to be working with Reyes without any awkwardness.
"Never [nagkaroon ng ilangan]. Iyon 'yung okay sa aming dalawa ni AA. Sobra kasing... kaibigan ko siya eh. Alam niya lahat sa akin, alam ko lahat sa kanya. Hindi lang kami, pero gano'n parin kami. I mean, hindi kami lovers na kumbaga... gets mo? Pero 'yung friendship, 'yung foundation ng pagkakaibigan nando'n parin so comfortable ako," he said.
Cruz added: "Natutuwa nga ako pag 'yung iba nagtatanong sa amin, 'Paano niya nagawa 'yon? Pa'no kayo naghiwalay nang maayos parin kayo, nang kaya niyo magkita on and off-cam nang maayos?' Wala, siguro, maayos lang talaga 'yung break-up and nag-start kasi kami as friends and we finished as friends."
At the time they confirmed their break-up side by side, as aired on the entertainment talk show "The Buzz," Cruz said they came to the decision so Reyes wouldn't be "judged unfairly" when she is seen with other men in public.
On Wednesday, the actor maintained there was never any third party in their relationship, "kasi kung may third party, I'm sure hindi kami ganito. Hindi kami magpapansinan, mag-iilangan kami."
For Rayver, career first
As for his the current state of his "love life," Cruz admitted he went out twice with Binibining Pilipinas 2013 finalist Imee Hart, but added it never developed into a serious relationship.
"Matagal ko na siyang hindi nakakausap. Naging magkaibigan kami. Dalawang beses kami with friends, pero angtagal ko na siyang hindi nakakasama, so walang something or anything. Hindi ko siya girlfriend," he said.
Asked whether he is now "dating" anyone else, Cruz brought up the "blessing" that is his active career -- being a mainstay on the concert variety program "ASAP," and one of the lead stars in "Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin."
"Hindi ko masasabing I'm dating kasi hindi pa talaga, and hindi pa rin ako nando'n sa phase na parang gusto ko na manligaw. Parang nag-e-enjoy ako na single ako, na tuluy-tuloy ang blessings, naka-focus ako sa trabaho ako, sa craft ko, at happy ako na gano'n ako sa ngayon," he said.