In the Sixcrets segment of Entertainment Live last March 21, Nikki Gil dispelled rumors that she and Billy Crawford had a misunderstanding after Billy admitted that he had lived in with his ex-girlfriend, dancer-choreographer Marie Courchinoux or more popularly known as Maryss from Paris. Nikki said that she knew about Billy’s past with Maryss and had come to accept it. “We have talked about it even before it came out. Even before we started going out, nakwento na niya sa akin ‘yung past niya. Yes he had lived in with his ex, but ‘yun ‘yung culture nila e. It’s only a big deal now here in the Philippines because he is ‘Billy Crawford’ and it’s very un-Filipino (living together before marriage). But I think Billy still has that sense of Pinoy in him, I guess thanks to his mom. Ngayong alam na niya na ang mga Pilipina nililigawan at pinapakasalan.”
As reported in article first read on ABS-CBN.com, a video interview of Maryss talking about her half-Filipino husband who taught her how to speak Tagalog sparked the issue. Although Billy’s name was never mentioned in the interview, many speculated that it was he whom Maryss was referring to. Billy is currently on a concert tour abroad, but in a phone interview with The Buzz last March 15 he clarified that he was never married. The singer-dancer admitted though that he and Maryss lived in together for some time.
Because of this controversy, Nikki and Billy have agreed to always count on each other’s word more than any gossip. “I’m on his side. I believed him when he said na he’s not married, never been married. I believe he’s telling the truth,” Nikki affirmed.
However, because Billy won’t be back until middle of May, Nikki confessed that she’s having quite a hard time not having him around. From time to time they would only communicate through text and online chat. “It’s taking some getting used to because we were so used to having him around. Now that he’s not here, there’s also time difference involved. Yes I miss him.” The singer-actress said that she’s not the type of lady who believes in long distance relationships. “Sino ba naman ang may gusto ng long distance relationship? I would try but (still) you want to be with someone who’s present. Kung iisa kayo ng mundong ginagalawan, pareho kayo ng mapagkukwentuhan ng experiences, you will grow together in that sense.”
As for her ex-boyfriend Gab Valenciano, Nikki said that she is happy for him and his girlfriend Rachelle Ann Go. The three of them, including Billy, would frequently see each other in ASAP ‘09, and according to Nikki, they are all good friends now. “I’m happy for them. I was 18 nung maging kami ni Gab so it’s been a while. Tama na, finished na. I hope what they have lasts.”