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John Lloyd Cruz confirms relationship with Isabel Santos 

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John Lloyd Cruz confirms relationship with Isabel Santos 

Isabel Santos' Instagram

The actor also opens up about being a father: 'Si Elias, parang iniligtas niya 'yung buhay ko'

MANILA, Philippines – John Lloyd Cruz is dating Isabel Santos, the actor confirmed on the Tuesday, October 24 episode of Fast Talk With Boy Abunda. 

Si Isabel ay girlfriend ko. Boyfriend niya ako (She’s my girlfriend. I’m her boyfriend),” he said. 

John Lloyd Cruz confirms relationship with Isabel Santos 

According to the actor, he got closer to Isabel, an artist, when he took a hiatus from showbiz and ventured into visual arts. Isabel is also the granddaughter of award-winning cartoonist Mauro “Malang” Santos.

John Lloyd Cruz confirms relationship with Isabel Santos 

Napadpad ako sa pag-e-explore ng art, so gallery nila ‘yung una kong napasok. Sila ‘yung una kong nakilala, ‘yung family nila,” he recalled.

(When I started exploring art, it was their gallery that I first encountered. It was their family that I first connected with.) 

But John Lloyd added that prior to that, he already knew Isabel beforehand. 

Matagal na kaming magkakilala. We were talking before but hindi nag-evolve into something ideal for us at that time. Mula noon present na siya sa buhay ko,” he continued. 

(We already knew each other a long time ago. We were already talking before but it didn’t evolve into something ideal for us at the time. Since then, she’s been present in my life.) 

John Lloyd and Isabel first sparked romance rumors in 2021 when the artist started sharing photos with the actor on her social media accounts. 

Prior to Isabel, John Lloyd was in a relationship with actress Ellen Adarna, whom he shares son Elias with. 

In the same interview, the actor opened up how being a father changed his life. 

Si Elias, parang iniligtas niya ‘yung buhay ko. Hindi ko ma-imagine ‘yung buhay ko kung paano magtutuloy kung hindi dumating si Elias. Ang dami niyang binigay na bago. Bagong kahulugan, bagong duties. All of a sudden, iba na ‘yung tingin mo sa lahat,” he said. 

(Elias saved my life. I can’t imagine what would happen to my life if Elias didn’t come into the picture. He gave my life a new meaning. I have a new perspective on things now.)

John Lloyd is best known for his roles in One More Chance, A Very Special Love, Close to You, It Takes a Man and a Woman, Honor Thy Father, and Culion. 

In August, he won the Best Actor award at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland for his lead role in Lav Diaz’s Essential Truths of The Lake. – Rappler.com

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