For the first time, John Lloyd Cruz publicly confirmed the real status between him and Isabel Santos. The actor got candid about his relationship with Isabel in his recent Fast Talk With Boy Abunda episode.
"Si Isabel ay girlfriend ko, oo... Boyfriend niya ako (laughs)," he cheerfully said. When urged to tell more about their life as a couple, John Lloyd quipped, "Wala. We're boring people. Wala kaming maikukwento."
Not known to many but John Lloyd and Isabel met several years ago already—and they connected through art. Isabel comes from a family of artists who own an art gallery.
"Gallery nila 'yung una kong pinasok na gallery. At the time na bago pa lang akong tumigil with ABS, napadpad ako sa pag-e-explore ng (art circle). So, sila 'yung mga una kong nakilala... Ayun, matagal na kaming magkakilala. We were talking before but hindi nag-evolve into something ideal for us at the time. Mula noon, present na rin siya sa buhay ko," John Lloyd narrated.
Now that John Lloyd has reached the age of 40, is marriage now in place for him? For one, the actor still believes in marriage. However, he also revealed that there was a time when he had doubts about the idea of it.
"Speaking for myself, baka hindi ko pa nami-meet. Feeling ko, it's [marriage] is defined by two people. Feeling ko it's hard na kung ikaw lang mag-isa, para akong nagpi-pretend sa mga opinion ko about marriage," he recalled. "Parang hindi ko naisip na desisyon 'yun na ginagawa ng dalawang tao. So it's either hindi mo pa siya nami-meet, or na-meet mo na and it didn't work," the actor explained.
Answering if Isabel has contributed to his newfound realizations about marriage, John Lloyd confirmed, "Yeah."
"She's very elemental sa mga ganyang bagay sa kung paano namo-mold 'yung kung ano 'yung lumalabas sa bibig ko. Kung ano 'yung nabubuo sa isip ko. Siyempre 'yung consideration lagi for the two of us, especially para sa kanya, laging nandun," he further explained.
John Lloyd disclosed that Isabel is not the kind of partner who usually asks about his showbiz life. "Hindi masyado. Siguro when it comes to films, lumalabas 'yon. But 'yung siya, like tatanungin kung paano, hindi masyado," he stated.
Their relationship really seemed like the chill and low-key kind. Perhaps, it's also because Isabel is a private person. She's an artist who puts the spotlight on her craft more than her personal life.
ICYDK, speculations about the two of them started way back in 2021, when Isabel *lowkey* posted photos of John Lloyd on her Instagram. The couple never gave a solid confirmation about their connection since then, but they continued to appear together in public events like Maja Salvador's wedding.