Hunk actor John Lloyd Cruz vehemently denied persistent rumors romantically linking him to actress-host Ruffa Gutierrez. Gutierrez and Cruz, both of whom repeatedly denied the rumors since last year, were reportedly spotted biking together at The Fort only recently.

In a press conference for Cruz’s newest endorsement, the “You Changed My Life” star maintained that there was no truth to the speculations. He also said although he is saddened by “fabricated” and “baseless” reports, these are all part of his job as an actor.

“And sana ma-realize din nila na tama na kasi baka may isang pamilyang na-apektuhan o may mga taong nag-iisip ng hindi dapat isipin. Or may mga taong tunay na naapektuhan sa balitang ito na masyado ng seryoso ang dating sa kanila. At baka may mangyari pa in the future or God knows when na hindi kanais-nais or maganda,” Cruz said.

Gutierrez and Cruz became friends when they did the hit series “I Love Betty La Fea.”

When asked if he and Gutierrez were still communicating, Cruz replied: “Yes, but it’s not that active anymore… Pareho kaming nasa magkaibang istasyon ngayon. Marami siyang ginagawa na kailangan ng focus niya at ganoon din ako.”

Cruz, who is rumored to be dating actress Shaina Magdayao, said the newest controversy did not affect his relationship with Magdayao.

“Wala naman. Hindi niya ako kinuwestiyon doon,” Cruz said.

Box office king

In the midst of the latest controversy, Cruz said he’s happy to be hailed again as 2009 Box Office King by Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation, Inc. (GMMSFI) for the film “You Changed My Life.”

Cruz got the same honor for 2 consecutive years for the movies “One More Chance,” with Bea Alonzo, and “You Changed My Life,” with with Pop Star Princess Sarah Geronimo.

“Napaka-special ng award na [ito na] when you grow old and you look back, puwede mong sabihin na 2007, 2008 and 2009 pelikula ko yong pinakamaraming nanood. Malapit na siyang mangyari almost in time for my birthday kaya napakalaking regalo,” Cruz said.

Geronimo was crowned 2008 Box Office Queen for the movie “A Very Special Love.”

Cruz also bared that he might do another film with Geronimo. “Alam ko ginagawa na ang script. Pero kung kailan siya sisimulan? ‘Yon ang hindi ko alam,” Cruz said.

Currently, Cruz is gearing for his newest television series called “Imortal,” alongside Angel Locsin. -abs-cbnNEWS

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