At a press con for his endorsement for Jack n’ Jill Magic at Holiday Inn last June 1, John Lloyd Cruz was quick to clarify that he’s not the reason behind the alleged rift between his rumored sweetheart Shaina Magdayao and former leading lady Bea Alonzo who are best friends.

 

But he seemed to be privy to the details about the whole conflict as he stated his reaction to the local press. “Alam mo, medyo malalalim kasi ‘yang issue na ‘yan. [Pero] isa lang masasabi ko, alam ng lahat ng parties involved—alam ni Bea, alam ni Shaina, alam ng ilang fans nila—kung anong totoong story. And wala po akong kinalaman sa dati pa nilang [naging problema], nagkaroon yata sila ng ‘di pagkakaintidihan, which is common sa mga magkakaibigan. So yun lang ang masasabi ko. Wala akong kinalaman dun,” he reiterated.

As much as he wanted to avoid questions pertaining to his much-speculated romance with Shaina, the controversial actor admitted that he understands why a lot of people are curious to know the real score between them. “Actually, ang mas nakakasama ng loob kapag nanggagaling dun sa mga halos kaibigan mo [yung unfair accusations tungkol sa personal kong buhay]. Hindi naman sa napre-pressure ako [magsalita tungkol sa issue]. We really understand yung laging pagtatanong, yung halos pilitin na kami magsalita, kasi alam namin kung anong pinasok naming trabaho. Talagang it deals with yung mga ganyan, kahit na tinatawag natin na invasion of privacy, naiintindihan namin so wala kaming problema dun.”

But when asked if Shaina’s the one who brings the “magic” into his life right now, John Lloyd simply said that it’s impossible for him to be inspired by just one particular person alone. “Aside from my family and friends, you know, ang number one source ng magic in my life is the inspiration that I have in my heart and in my life. Sabi ko nga, kapag ili-list down ko ang priorities ko, of course nasa top yung family ko, yung career ko. Ano ba ang mag-fuel up para may mai-deliver ka [sa trabaho]? Of course it’s the inspiration. Kung saan nanggagaling? Iba-iba—from the family, the artistry, the passion, and all the beautiful ladies [out there],” he remarked.

Despite much prodding from the press, John Lloyd refused to confirm whether he and Shaina are in a relationship or exclusively dating at the very least. “Ayoko na rin magsalita like totally. Ang gusto ko when the right time comes talagang makakapagbigay kami once and for all ng straight and complete and direct to the point answer, so give us time.” Since he claimed he has beeen single for quite some time already, is he ready to have a girlfriend again anytime soon? “You’ll know when I’m ready. Siyempre ang mga manifestations niyan, one, kapag tinanong ka [wala ng paligoy-ligoy pa]. Timing lang talaga lahat e. Timing is everything.”

In the meantime, John Lloyd feels really blessed now that he was formally launched as the newest endorser of Jack n’ Jill Magic’s extensive line of products under Universal Robina Corporation. “Nakakatuwa kasi after ng Choco Lava, yung dati kong endorsement under the same company na medyo hindi nakapag-renew, napalitan ngayon ng Jack ‘N Jill Magic. At first medyo hesistant ako kasi hindi pa ako gaano ka-familiar sa Magic. And then nung in-introduce sa akin yung products, noon lang ako nakakakita ng napakadaming variants ng isang brand and I tried almost everything. Feeling ko with this new endorsement, talagang nandun yung confidence and it’s gonna be exciting kasi napaka-dynamic ng brand,” he beamed. -ABS-CBN

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