|James Yap and his Italian girlfriend Michela Cazzola
MANILA – The Italian girlfriend of James Yap said the celebrity status of the San Mig Coffee Mixers star is actually working in their relationship’s favor.
During the grand opening of Yap’s new scooter store, MotoTechnika, over the weekend, Michela Cazzola was generous enough to grant interviews to the media, who were persistent in asking about their over a year-old romance.
Admitting she is the jealous type of girl, Cazzola said: “Actually I was telling my friends, it’s best that he’s popular so at least he should be careful at what he does. A normal guy can do whatever he wants and nobody would know, but a popular person should be careful.”
Despite this, Cazzola was quick to add that Yap has not given her any reason to feel jealous.
“[Our relationship is] simple. We eat out. We laugh like any other people. I am very simple, I don’t like complicated things. He’s a basketball player, that’s his job, but he’s just like a normal person,” she said.
Cazzola said it took her a while before she learned that Yap is famous in the Philippines. Even her parents, she said, were teasing her that she ended up with a celebrity.
“It was like my friend knows him so I was with my friend and she called him and we met. I had no idea but I realized after a few months how popular he was,” she said.
“[My parents’] reaction, they laughed that I ended up with someone [as popular as he is]. It depends on how the person is. It doesn’t matter that when we go out, people want to take pictures with him. It’s okay,” she added.
Asked if they are already talking about settling down, she said: “That’s the purpose of two people being together. You always hope that he’s the one. Maybe he is. We’ll see.”
Cazzola is a secretariat specialist at the Asian Development Bank in the Philippines. She is no stranger to the country, as her father also worked here for a time.
Hailing from Florence, Italy, the 30-year-old beauty said she and Yap officially became a couple in September last year.