This week, Katrina Halili posted a birthday greeting on Instagram for John Lloyd Cruz, who turned 38 on June 24, 2021. "Belated happy birthday @johnlloydcruz83," she wrote. Her message came with a series of photos; half were photos of her and John Lloyd, and the other half were photos of her and Elias, JLC's son with Ellen Adarna.
Some netizens think the pictures were taken at John Lloyd's rest house in Batangas. A few days ago, actress Mimi Juareza posted images from what seemed to have been John Lloyd's birthday celebration. In the meal photo, there's John Lloyd sitting across from Katrina, and next to them are Maja Salvador and her partner Rambo Nuñez. Another photo, captioned "JLC's house in Tali…on his birthday with friends," shows a different barkada of John Lloyd's, and Katrina is there as well.
According to PEP, John Lloyd and Katrina have been spotted together before. In April 2021, a video of them with friends in El Nido, Palawan, was posted as part of someone's vlog, but it was shot in October 2020.
Yesterday, PEP reported that as far as JLC's camp knows, John Lloyd and Katrina are just friends. The same article states that Katrina is in a relationship with a good friend of John Lloyd, and that is why the two actors can be seen together sometimes.
On July 1, 2021, Katrina told GMA News that there is no "issue" between her and John Lloyd. She explained that their photos together on her Instagram were for his birthday post, and Elias was included because she found him really cute.