Ella Cruz on Xian Gaza: We were just friends, business partners

Images from Xian S. Gaza and Ella Cruz's Facebook accounts
  • Artist finally revealed her side of the story with controversial businessman
  • She said they were never lovers, only friends and business partners
  • She also said their falling-out started due to business matters

MANILA, Philippines – Artist Ella Cruz finally gave her side of the story on Xian Gaza —more notoriously known as self-proclaimed businessman who placed a billboard ad asking actress Erich Gonzales for a coffee date.

According to Cruz, she was never in a relationship with Gaza contrary to his claim — just friends and business partners.

“Naging mabuti po kaming magkaibigan. Hanggang magkaibigan lang po kami. Pero dahil nga po may business involved at hindi ko rin naman ganoon pa kakilala iyong tao, mali po pala na magtiwala kayo agad,” ABS-CBN quoted her as saying.

[We were good friends. Ours was friendship only. But because there was business involved and I really didn’t know him that much, I found that it was wrong to trust someone right away.]

Cruz, whose mother accused Gaza of being a scammer, said it was he who initially befriended and proposed to do business with her. She added that business matters soon led to their falling-out.

“Noong una po siya iyong lumalapit and then nag-open siya ng business for my dance studio before. Tapos nagkaroon po ng mga problema, the usual na problema po sa business. Hanggang sa mga hindi na maganda na nangyari na,” she said.

[At the start he was the one who approached me and opened a business for my dance studio before. Then the usual problems for business happened. Until things that were no longer good happened.]

“Ang totoo po niyan ay marami talagang nangyari po. Lumabas naman po lahat pero katulad nga ng sinasabi ko ayaw ko na pong pinag-uusapan kasi tapos naman na po at nangyari na naman na po. Naging business partners po kami,” Cruz added.

[The truth is, many things happened. Everything came out but like I said I don’t want to talk about it because it’s already over. We were business partners.