James Yap's girlfriend hints at wedding next year
|Professional basketball player James Yap and his girlfriend, Michela Cazzola. Photo from Yap's Instagram account|
MANILA – For the first time, the Italian girlfriend of professional basketball player James Yap has broken her silence and opened up about their relationship which is now over a year old.
Speaking to the sports website Spin.PH after watching Yap’s game at the PBA Governors Cup over the weekend, Michela Cazzola said she met Yap last year, through a common friend.
“It was just magical. I don’t know. Everything started as friendship. James is just so sweet. He is very honest, but very private, too,” she said.
Describing the cager as "very sweet and quiet, thoughtful, and caring," Cazzola said she loves that Yap is someone who easily gets along well with everyone.
“He has a very good attitude. He gets along well with everybody. He’s positive. He’s very private,” she said.
Cazzola is a secretariat specialist at the Asian Development Bank in the Philippines. She is no stranger to the country, as her father also worked here for a time.
Hailing from Florence, Italy, the 30-year-old beauty said she and Yap officially became a couple in September last year.
“I forgot the exact date, 'coz I am not like the Filipinos who remember dates and numbers. But yes, it was September when we became… you know,” said Cazzola.
Cazzola said they have already met each other’s parents and she is happy that her mom and dad like Yap.
Yap went public with his relationship with Cazzola only last June. This came after a series of controversies involving him and his former wife, actress-host Kris Aquino, and their only child, James "Bimby" Yap, Jr. Aquino and Yap were married in civil rites in July 2005.
Asked if she is aware of Yap’s publicized life, Cazzola said: “I am aware of that, very well aware. It’s past, he learned his lessons, I don’t know. But I don’t really think of the past. We’re after creating a very beautiful future together!”
Since Yap’s marriage with Aquino has been declared null and void, are they planning to tie the knot soon?
“Marriage? Oh my Gosh. I don’t know. It’s too early. Not yet, but you know, two people think about that, but not formal yet,” she said.
“Maybe next year. Maybe the wedding will come next year. You’d be the first to find out,” she added.