Despite persistent rumors that he is making advances towards his co-star Shaina Magdayao, Juan dela Cruz actor Coco Martin himself clarified that there’s no truth to the matter. Reports have it that for months now, Coco has been lavishing Shaina with attention by consistently sending food for her and her staff.
But, during an interview with Push.com.ph and other members of the press at the recently-concluded farewell press conference of Juan dela Cruz, despite dubbing the actress to be “perfect” as she is, “napakabait, napakaganda, desente” and “kumbaga sa lalaki, wala ka nang mahihiling pa,” according to Coco, he is not wooing the actress, at least “not this time.”
"Pero kung ako ang tatanungin kung liligawan ko si Shaina? Siguro not this time. Kasi parang hindi ko maibibigay 'yung oras o tamang [gawain] para sa isang relasyon. Kasi sabi ko nga, ako sa sarili ko, halos wala akong time. Pero darating din tayo diyan," he said.
As of the moment, Coco shared that they are both “…nage-enjoy kami sa trabaho namin, sa grupo namin, na kapag nagte-taping kami, wala kaming ginagawa kung hindi kumain, magtawanan.”
At 31 and even if he is very much single and available, Coco said that the idea of starting his own family remains on the backburner. What with the fact that he cannot even spend time with his own immediate family due to his tight schedule taping JDC.
"Ako, ayaw kong madaliin [na magpamilya] kasi nanggaling ako sa wala at alam ko na hindi lahat ng tao ay nabibigyan ng ganitong opportunity. Kumbaga darating din ang panahon. Kasi ngayon parang hindi natin prioridad na parang gusto nating tumahimik o mag-settle. Hindi ba mas iniisip natin ngayon 'yung future natin?" he asked.
Meanwhile, with his soap wrapping up in three weeks’ time, Coco was asked as to who among the guests of his show was the most memorable for him. Guest stars on the fantasy-action serye include Vice Ganda, Gretchen Barretto, Zaijian Jaranilla, Xyriel Manabat, Jhong Hilario, Bugoy Cariño, and Jason Abalos. "Si Ms. Gretchen. Sabi ko nga, eh, para akong na-in love ‘ata!" quipped Coco with a laugh.
Before any controversy could fire up, he explained, "Kasi, napakaganda at napakabait niya. Noong makatrabaho ko siya, nung last day na, parang ayaw ko pang matapos, deep inside.
“Siyempre, lalaki ka, humahanga ka, di ba? Pero bukod po dun, na-surprise ako kasi hindi ko akalaing ganun siya kabait. Sa lahat ng staff and crew, napakabait niya,” he said of the controversial actress.
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