Actor John Lloyd Cruz looked very happy when he arrived at the press conference prepared by Star Magic for his 24th birthday on June 24, at 9501 Restaurant in ABS-CBN Compound yesterday, June 21.
When the interview started, the members of the media immediately noticed the change in his fashion sense. He was wearing a red-striped, long sleeved shirt over a dark colored shirt, black pants, white sneakers, and sunglasses.
In the earlier years of John Lloyd, according to one of the reporters, he would be seen wearing just a simple shirt and pants, with no accessories. But now he's trying to mix and do some layering with his clothes.
"Na-liberate talaga 'yong fashion sense [ko]. Na-liberate talaga," explains John Lloyd, who has been in the industry for almost 10 years.
He adds, "I enjoy it now. Naging bold 'yong approach ko with colors, with style, and sometimes I dare myself to be different. May mga ganoong moods, may mga ganoong pagkakataon."
Do these changes mean he has turned into a fashion slave?
"Hindi naman din. There are still days na parang ayoko nang magbihis. Lagi akong naka-shorts, naka-flip flops, and a comfortable shirt. So depende rin sa mood, e," defends Lloydy—John's nickname to his fans.
He still goes for comfort over style. "Hanggang ngayon naman, e, I have to be comfortable. Comfortable in the sense na kapag tiningnan mo sarili mo, pakiramdam mo komportable ka."
While some of his fans see the transformation of John Lloyd's fashion sense positively, others say he's beginning to look like a gay with his outfits.
"Yun ang goal ko!" replies John jokingly. "Every Sunday on ASAP, ewan ko if I should say this, minsan gusto ko parang... Talagang the more na nagmumukha akong gay, the more kong nagugustuhan."
But John quickly argues that this doesn't mean he is gay. "Nili-liberate ko lang ang sense. Talagang na-attract ako sa London fashion siguro, sa UK fashion. Parang expression 'to."
John Lloyd says he just ignores such criticism, he's used to it. "Kahit dati pa naman may ganun na. Siyempre ngayon na lang naha-highlight kasi ang girlfriend ko nga is a fashion editor so nabibigyan ng kulay," explained John Lloyd.
John Lloyd's current girlfriend, Liz Uy, is a fashion editor in Preview magazine. The actor admitted that Liz somehow influenced him in his new taste of clothing style. "I'd say na malaking impluwensya siya. Pero kasi kung ayaw mo naman hindi mangyayari."
His girlfriend usually gives him advice on what to wear. "[She gives advice], especially with colors kasi magaling siya, para siyang colorist, e. Minsan nagsha-shop kami together, so doon ako natututo," says John. "Hindi naman niya talaga ako dinidiktahan na parang, ‘Ito ang isuot mo, ito ang ganyan.' When we shop ako pa rin ang namimili."
John thinks there will still be changes not only in his choice of clothing but also in his personality. "Ako, sa tingin ko, bilang tipikal sa personality ko bilang artista, bilang actor, yung talagang malikot yung utak. Parang minsan gusto mong i-try 'to... Siguro dala na rin ng ten years na, papalit-palit ng character, sususbukan mong bigyan ng buhay 'yong character."
As for the criticisms, whether they're good or bad, John will just continue ignoring them. He'll wear whatever he wants yet he also understands that—"Dito siyempre di mawawala [ang criticisms], siyempre dala nga ng culture, especially artista ka. Parang iba yung pinagsimulan mo and iba yung nakikita nila ngayon, so I have to be open to criticisms."