John Lloyd Cruz talks about 'special connection' with Sarah Geronimo and why he did not pursue a romantic relationship with her in the past.
John Lloyd Cruz admitted that he and Sarah Geronimo have grown closer during the shoot of It Takes A Man and A Woman
to the point that he knows what she went through because of her most recent heartache. He was quick to defend her from people who criticize her for being too open about her thoughts and emotions, especially during the latter part of her hosting stint on Sarah G Live
. “Yung mga pinagdadaanan niya, normal na pinagdadaanan ng normal
24-year-old girl. Masyado siyang totoo. Kung anong gusto niyang bitawan na salita, maaaring hindi niya gaanong napagisipan, pero kailangan tanggapin.
Give her a break. Babae rin siya, nasasaktan. Kailangan mo palagpaasin. Lahat ng babae dumadaan diyan. Wala namang
perfect na tao. Ang pinakamaganda diyan
how you rise above it. Kaya niya mag
-apologize, kaya niya aminin kung anong ginawa niya
and then move on.”
If anything, John Lloyd admires Sarah more for being brave enough to deal with the other aspects of her life despite her disappointment in love. “Kasi si Sarah is often perceived as Pop Star Princess, nagkakamali, nakakaencounter ng problema sa pagibig, sa trabaho... Pero in the end, Sarah is Sarah, [ordinaryong] tao. Ilang taon ka na ba? [Turning] 25? Pwede na pala. Bibilib ka sa kanya kasi pupunta siya sa trabaho gagawin niya kailangan niya gawin, gagawin niya ng 100 percent, yung dedication hindi nawawala. Yun ang nakita ko sa kanya, yung professionalism, yung dedication sa paggawa ng pelikula. Hindi nabawasan, mas dumoble. Wala akong masasabi na parang nabawasan pagtingin ko sa kanya.”
Truth be told though, John Lloyd admitted that he stopped himself from courting Sarah in the past because he respected her parents’ desire for her not to entertain any suitors just yet. “Oo kasi, bago ngayon ha, at that time talagang hindi naman talaga pwede. May rules yung kanyang nanay at tatay at you have to respect that. So kung ‘di pwede at kung ‘di niyo kaya panindigan—halimbawa yung isang lalaki, alam mo naman yung rules. Kung alam mo, don’t try to break them kasi nandun yun sa simula eh.”
Although he didn’t directly answer when asked if he also fell in love with Sarah, John Lloyd claimed that there will always be a special connection between them. “Ang alam ko lang kami ni Sarah we have this very special connection na mahirap ipaliwanag. Kaming dalawa lang ang makakaintindi. Hindi mo alam kung paano nagsimula, hindi mo alam kung pano matatapos at kung saan papunta, yun yun. Yun lang yun.”
At this point, he’s just happy that they are more comfortable now with the kind of friendship that they have. “So far ito yung pinakamaganda naming relasyon. Siguro kagaya dun sa story, nag-mature yung dalawa, nagkaroon ng greatest learnings sa buhay nila, and sumabay rin siguro yun sa amin.”