MANILA -- James Yap's girlfriend, Michela Cazzola, shared how much the basketball star loves his son with actress-host Kris Aquino, James "Bimby" Yap Jr.
"He loves his son deeply like every father, I guess, right?" Cazzola said in an interview on "Tapatan Ni Tunying," which aired on Thursday.
"I met him a few times, he is nice. He is actually a cool guy. So smart, I really like him and he is so cute," Cazzola said of the seven-year-old.
Aquino is aware of Cazzola's fondness for Bimby, saying she appreciates her efforts, for instance, in marking the boy's recent birthday.
Love for James
For the first time on television, Cazzola also talked about her love for Yap, whom she met through a common friend.
"I like the fact that he was very polite with me, very respectful, very soft-spoken. That night he got my number, he texted me, what are you doing, do you want to meet for coffee or something like that. I said, yeah sure," Cazzola recalled.
Cazzola said she likes the fact that Yap does his best to spend time with her.
"He's sweet. Even when he's so tired and busy, he goes to me. It takes a lot of effort. It takes a lot of his time to dedicate to me and that I super appreciate," she said.
Cazzola said cited that they are compatible in many ways.
"We both love Italian food and I love Filipino food. So one night we eat Filipino (food), one night, we eat Italian (food). We are best friends in Italy, meaning we go shopping together. It's so fun," James said.
Asked if their relationship could lead to marriage, Cazzola said: "That's why we have the relationship, to stay together."
James' other child
Yap, meanwhile, told broadcast journalist Anthony Taberna that he considers himself a good father to his son.
"Pinaglaban nga, di ba? Patay na kung patay, di ba?" remarked Yap, referring to his previous legal battles with his ex-wife over the custody of their son.
James also admitted that he has an older child from a previous relationship.
"Pero kausap ko 'yung mom, okay naman 'yung usapan namin. Mayroon kaming pinag-usapan na huwag muna, saka na lang kapag naintindihan na," he said.
"Actually gusto ko lang magpasalamat sa ex ko dati na talagang kung ano man ang pinagdaanan ko, hindi siya nakisawsaw, hindi siya nakialam or siniraan ako," he added.