MANILA -- This year saw him face a barrage of criticisms over his strange Instagram posts and his relationship with Ellen Adarna.
But the online jeers did little to dampen John Lloyd Cruz's spirits as he welcomed 2018.
The actor shared a video on Instagram of fireworks being set off and wrote: "F**k you, 2017. You didn't break me. Salamat."
For the last few months of the past year, the Kapamilya star was hounded with controversy, with the latest rumors suggesting that he and Adarna are preparing to welcome a baby.
Neither he nor Adarna have come out to deny it, instead opting to keep fans guessing as to whether they're true with photos in which her rumored pregnant tummy has been cropped out.
There's also talk of them being engaged and that Adarna had her first prenatal check-up but again, there's still no confirmation.
Cruz is still currently on his leave from showbiz, which he said he had to take to attend to personal matters.
His break from work meant that he had to forego for the meantime his starring role in the weekend sitcom, "Home Sweetie Home."
It was back in September when Cruz's romance with Adarna first surfaced.