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John Lloyd Cruz Explains Why He Needed a Break from Showbusiness

He wanted to answer the "what-ifs" in his life, and more.
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John Lloyd Cruz says he took a much needed break in 2017 so that he could pause and ponder on his life.

He made the comments to Boy Abunda on the latter's Best Talk show.

In 2017, Cruz surprised the industry when he abruptly decided to take indefinite leave from ABS-CBN and Star Magic. He had been working on the sitcom Home Sweet Home, and was under contract with ABS-CBN and its film arm, Star Cinema.

At that time, Cruz’s relationship with Ellen Adarna was the talk of the town, and before the end of 2017, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) reported Adarna was pregnant and that Cruz was the baby’s father. Cruz stayed in Cebu with the actress while she was pregnant, till she gave birth to their son, Elias Modesto in June 2018.

In August 2019, it was announced that Cruz and Adarna had separated, and that the actress was in another relationship.

Cruz, on the other hand, once again became slightly more visible again in showbiz, but not completely.

“Kailangan nang medyo dumistansya,” he explained. "Parang gusto mong maging… hindi ko alam, para malagyan mo uli, kailangan mo munang ubusin. Something like that."

Life is short, the actor said.

“At one point, you realize, sobrang iksi pala ng buhay.

Gusto ko lang somehow mabigyan din kahit papaano ng halaga, ng atensyon yung mga bagay na hindi mo puwedeng ikaila.

"Yung, di ba, parang hindi mo siya maide-deny, parang kailangan mo siyang gawin?

“Kailangan mo siyang gawin, otherwise, parang tingin ko, ayoko namang tumanda na nagtataka ako kung, 'Paano kung sinubukan ko?'”

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Cruz said there were so many “what ifs” in his life he wanted to answer, and more.

“Hindi lang what-ifs, parang pagka nabigyan ka ng opportunity to experience somehow knowledge or wisdom, irreversible na siya, andoon na siya, e.

“Parang kapag alam mong ito na yung dapat mong gawin, ito yung tama, parang lolokohin mo na lang yung sarili mo kung ide-deny mo yung sarili mo na opportunity na magawa yung gusto mong gawin.”

This story originally appeared on Pep.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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