Did Crawford give up his int'l career for love?

by Reyma Buan-Deveza, abs-cbnNEWS.com

Posted at Aug 26 2010 11:50 AM | Updated as of Aug 26 2010 08:14 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Singer Billy Crawford has disputed reports that he gave up his international career for girlfriend Nikki Gil.

"Well, puso ko ginive up ko kay Nikki… She's part of the reason why I'm here,” he said.

But one of the major reasons he is staying here is his showbiz commitments. The singer, a contract star of ABS-CBN, is co-hosting musical variety program “ASAP XV” and game show “Panahon Ko ‘To! Ang Game Show ng Buhay Ko.”

His international career has not been put on hold though. In fact, he will go back to France next year to complete the recording of his new album.

"I'm recording an album now. Seven na ‘yong tapos na kanta. May seven pa akong kailangang gawin. So, I have to fly by next year, by February nasa France na ako," he said.

Crawford has gained popularity in Europe and Asia after his songs, "When You Think About Me", "Never My Love", "Steamy Nights" and “Bright Lights,” became a huge hit.

In 2003, he bagged the “International Male Artist of the Year” award at the NRJ Music Awards in Cannes, France.

On his relationship with Gil, meanwhile, the singer quickly shot down rumors that they will soon tie the knot. "We are still keeping our relationship private. Matagal pa 'yon (wedding). Bata pa siya."

‘25 B.C.’ concert

Crawford, who is fondly called Billy Joe, will celebrate his 25th year in show business via a major concert dubbed "25 B.C.” The concert will be held on September 11, 18 and 25 at the Music Museum.

"Parang recap of everything that I'd been through. ‘Yong mga nakasama ko, ‘yong mga kanta nila kakantahin ko. Yong mga inspirations ko sila Kuya Gary V (Valenciano), sila Michael Jackson ganoon," Crawford said.

Gil, Nina, Iya VIllania, Kanto Boys, Supahdance and Sarah Geronimo will be his special guests. -Report by Reyma Buan-Deveza, abs-cbnNEWS.com