Diego Loyzaga admits he's dating Franki Russell

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Franki Russell, a cast member on Pinoy Big Brother, posted photos on social media in May 2022 in which she and actor Diego Loyzaga appeared to be close. She later deleted the photos.
Franki Russell, a cast member on Pinoy Big Brother, posted photos on social media in May 2022 in which she and actor Diego Loyzaga appeared to be close. She later deleted the photos.

Actor Diego Loyzaga has admitted that he is dating reality TV star Franki Russell, despite saying only days earlier that they were "not a thing".

Speaking to RX93.1 DJ Rico Robles in an interview for the show All Out, Loyzaga said he first met Russell on the set of TV game show Rolling In It Philippines.

The two hit it off because they both grew up in the same part of the world – he in Australia and she in New Zealand. "We had so much in common," the 27-year-old actor said.

Russell, who was a cast member on Pinoy Big Brother, had posted photos on social media last month in which she and Loyzaga appeared to be very close. She later deleted the photos and he said in an interview, "Franki and I are not a thing... I just want to be single for now."

Franki Russell, a cast member on Pinoy Big Brother, posted photos on social media in May 2022 in which she and actor Diego Loyzaga appeared to be close. She later deleted the photos.
Franki Russell, a cast member on Pinoy Big Brother, posted photos on social media in May 2022 in which she and actor Diego Loyzaga appeared to be close. She later deleted the photos.
Franki Russell, a cast member on Pinoy Big Brother, posted photos on social media in May 2022 in which she and actor Diego Loyzaga appeared to be close. She later deleted the photos.
Franki Russell, a cast member on Pinoy Big Brother, posted photos on social media in May 2022 in which she and actor Diego Loyzaga appeared to be close. She later deleted the photos.

Loyzaga told Robles, "You know what, I’m a hypocrite, I said I wanted to focus on myself, but I guess these things, you don’t expect it, it really just comes along. And ever since meeting up with her and hanging out with her, it hasn’t stopped, we really did click. So I would definitely say that right now, we’re dating."

Explaining why he told the Philippine Daily Inquirer earlier that he was not dating Russell, Loyzaga said he had only known her for "10 days" at that time. "Ang kapal naman ng mukha ko kung sabihin ko, ‘oh, yeah, kami na,’ (it would have been arrogant of me to assume that we’re together)," he said.

Loyzaga was previously in a relationship with actress Barbie Imperial, though they confirmed their breakup to the public in February. Russell was previously linked to race car driver Marlon Stockinger.

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