“Kami, we’re good friends. KC [Montero, Geneva’s husband] is a good friend of ours… You know, we’re always there to support each other. If I need something from her, she’s there for me, and if she needs something from me, I’m there for her,” explains Jay-R about the fact that Geneva Cruz is now living at his house.
Jay-R faced the “Central Jury” of Showbiz Central last July 27, to answer some controversial issues involving him, like the rumored woman living in his house and his old rift with SC co-host Mo Twister.
The singer was greeted by Rufa Mae Quinto at the start of the interview and then asked him about R&B Princess Kyla, which rumors suggest that there is something going on between them. Is this true?
“Alam mo naman si Kyla ‘pag kumakanta, talaga naman na mai-in love ka kay Kyla, di ba?” Jay-R said. “Ang galing, e. At ang sobrang bait niya.”
“Na-in love ka ba?” Rufa Mae asked.
“Ako, I love everyone naman, e!” Jay-R laughed. As Rufa’s face registered disappointment over her question not getting a straight answer, Jay-R, in a more serious tone, added, “Love ko si Kyla as a friend.”
A LOVER NOT A FIGHTER. Jay-R’s name had been always dragged into controversial issues that involves him into fights.
Mo asked, “Isa sa mga malaking controversies na nangyari sa buhay mo dito recently was the fist fight you had with Borgy Manotoc. Ano ba talaga nangyari? Nag-away ba kayo?”
“Nag-initan lang siguro,” Jay-R answered. “Miscommunication lang and misunderstanding, pero everyone knows na it wasn’t a big thing in a way.”
Rufa suddenly asked, “Pero bati na kayo?”
“Oo, matagal na! One week after nangyari yun,” Jay-R enthusiastically said.
Mo jokingly asked if Borgy’s punch was strong. Jay-R, however, replied, “Ay, walang ganoon [punching]. Push-push lang. Walang sakitan. A week after that, we shook hands and we were friends again. Boys will be boys.”
As Mo and Rufa Mae agreed to Jay-R’s last statement, Jay-R suddenly turned to Mo and said, “Parang tayo before, nag-away dati.”
As Mo smiled, Rufa Mae insisted on hearing the whole story and the spotlight was now on Mo, who recalled the fateful day when he and Jay-R became rivals for love.
“Dati may best friend ako na babae,” Mo began. “Ten or maybe eleven years ago. ‘Tapos, noong pumunta ako dito sa Pilipinas, we lost touch. ‘Tapos, naging boyfriend niya si Jay-R. Hindi ko siya girlfriend pero ka-close ko lang, pero naging girlfriend ni Jay-R. Bumalik ako sa States, nakilala ko ulit sila, ‘tapos nagkagusto ako sa girlfriend niya. ‘Tapos, yun.”
Rufa exclaimed, “May boyfriend!”
“I know!” Mo laughingly interrupted. “Kaya nga kasalanan ko ito. Kaya yung away namin ni Jay-R, ako talaga my kasalanan.”
“Pero alam mo na sila na?” Rufa asked.
“Yes, alam ko,” Mo said. Then he reasoned out by adding, “Ganyan talagan ang pag-ibig, e.”
“So nagsuntukan ba kayo?” asked Jay-R.
Jay-R, who had been silent for some time now, said, “Hindi naman.” When asked by Rufa Mae if Jay-R and his girlfriend got back together after the incident, he answered, “Hindi. Wala na. Mataga na yun. And hindi naman dahil doon.”
This conversation with Jay-R revealed that he and Mo had been friends for many, many years now, and Mo was all praises for Jay-R in terms of keeping his cool.
THE R&B PRINCE AND HIS PRINCESSES. Rumor has it that Jay-R is singing his way to Heart Evangelista’s heart. Is it true that he was wooing her?
“No,” grinned Jay-R.
“Kala ko binasted ka?” Mo said.
“Ha? No, that’s not true!” Jay-R exclaimed.
So how exactly did Heart’s name find its way into Jay-R’s rumor list?
“Ano yun, e, we have endorsements together so we were always in photo shoots and commercials and mga dinner, ganoon. So, I guess people saw us together and they put some stories to say na kami. Pero hindi naman, e. Trabaho lang talaga.”
“Bakit wala kang nililigawan sa showbiz?” Rufa Mae suddenly asked.
“Marami!” Jay-R joked. “Pero siyempre, focus lang sa trabaho. I’m focusing on the gold record, platinum and double platinum. Trabaho lang talaga.”
Besides, PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) knows that Jay-R’s relationship with his non-showbiz girlfriend is still going strong.
That said, Mo moved on a more controversial “girl-related” rumor where Jay-R supposedly had singer-actress Geneva Cruz living in his home.
“Yeah,” Jay-R said. “It’s not a rumor. It’s true.”
Before everyone could register shock, Jay-R calmly explained by saying, “Kami, we’re good friends. KC [Montero, Geneva’s husband] is a good friend of ours and siyempre, may recording studio ako sa bahay and si Geneva, gusto mag-record ng album. You know, we’re always there to support each other. If I need something from her, she’s there for me, and if she needs something from me, I’m there for her.”
“May blessing ba ito from KC?” Mo asked.
“Oo,” Jay-R reassuringly said. “Cool naman kami and we’re all good friends.”
“So puwede ako makitira?” Rufa Mae joked.
Jay-R laughed and answered, “Oo!”
THE KILLER QUESTION. There was no escape for Central Jury guests as they are given the option to either answer the “Killer Question” or do the Killer Task. Picking the former, Jay-R said that it was easier since Killer Task required him to do 100 push-ups.
Referring to the Killer Question, he read, “Bukod kay Borgy Manotoc, lumabas din noon ang intriga na nanapak ka ng isang foreign national sa isang bar dahil ininsulto raw nito ang trabaho mo. Totoo ba iyon?”
So is this true?
“Hindi, hindi totoo ‘yan,” Jay-R said. “I’m a nice guy naman. Hindi ako nag-aaway-away. I just walk away siyempre, since we’re in the eye of the audience lagi so you have to be smart all the time and be low-key, and you know, not get so hot. So I just walk away from the situations lang. Maraming naghahamon, pero I just back off lang.”
ELYAS ISABELO SALANGA
Philippine Entertainment Portal