SAN Mig superstar James Yap remained tight-lipped on the new girl in his life, but hinted that he may soon let the cat out of the bag.
“Relax ka lang, darating din tayo d’yan," chuckled Yap when Spin.ph caught up with him during the charity garage sale he held on Saturday at the Fabulous Autoshop along Granada Street in Quezon City.
Yap, 30, had earlier revealed to Spin.ph that he is "getting there" as far as having another relationship is concerned, over a year after the collapse of his marriage to actress and TV personality Kris Aquino.
There had been rumors that the soft-spoken native of Escalante, Negros Occidental is now dating an Italian-Australian stunner - talk Yap declined to confirm or deny.
Asked if the same lady was the reason he took a vacation in Milan, Italy last month during the post-Philippine Cup break (For photos of Yap during the vacation, click here: James recharges batteries), he laughed: “Ikaw na ang showbiz reporter."
He added: "Pero seriously, makikilala niyo rin siya."
So secretive is Yap about the girl that even his closest friends at San Mig Coffee have yet to meet her.
“Napakalihim niyan pagdating sa private life niya," said teammate Jerwin Gaco, who disclosed that among the Mixers it was only Marc Pingris who has seen the 'mysery girl' so far, albeit by accident.
“Aksidente pa ata 'yun noong nakita ni Marc … kasubuan na," said Gaco laughing.
Yap's marriage to Aquino was annulled last December. The relationship lasted five years and was marked by very public spats and controversy.
“Before and after that, talagang reserved si James pagdating sa mga relationships at private life niya," said Reena del Mundo, San Mig Coffee marketing head.
“Very silent siya, kasi mas gusto niya pag-usapan siya as a basketball player dahil 'yun naman talaga siya eh," added del Mundo. “If you notice, never siya nag comment about Kris and his personal relationships."
But del Mundo said Yap is always proud to talk about his celebrity son, James Junior (Bimby).