Derek Ramsay and Ellen Adarna (MNS photo)

MANILA, Apr 29 (Mabuhay) — As Derek Ramsay’s relationship with Ellen Adarna’s son Elias continues to grow, the actor clarified that he has no intention of replacing the boy’s real dad, John Lloyd Cruz.

Derek said John Lloyd is a good father to Elias. “I see how he cares for his son and I’m not replacing him,” Derek said. “”I have no intentions of doing that because he is a very good father to Elias.”

“I’m just being Tito Derek and Elias is a part of Ellen,” he added.

Derek also said that there was no bad blood between him and John Lloyd.

“Nagkasalubong kami ni John Lloyd to drop off Elias sa bahay and he congratulated me after my engagement with Ellen,” he shared. “But we have no bad blood against one another.”

“I think Ellen and John Lloyd have been separated for quite a while, so there’s no overlap here,” he added.

Elias was born in 2018. Two years later, Ellen revealed that she is co-parenting with John Lloyd, whom she described as a “good father.”

Number two

Derek also shared that he was fine not being Ellen’s number one priority.

“I told Ellen that I’m happy to be number two in her life ’cause Elias should always be her number one,” he said.

“I made it clear to her that I will be number two and I’m happy to be number two and Elias should be her priority,” he added.

He said that one of the things he “really, really liked” about Ellen was her being such a “hands-on mother.”

Derek, too, has a son named Austin, aged 17. However, they weren’t very close because Austin grew up with his mother.

He said that it was when Ellen entered his life that everything “just all fell into place.”

“‘Yung pinakahinihingi ko talaga sa buhay para maging super close kami ng anak ko, like I am with my dad, nangyari when Ellen entered my life… Austin came up to me one day and said, ‘It’s time,'” he recalled. “Sabi ko, ‘Time for what?’ [Sagot niya,] ‘It’s time for me to call you dad.’ It’s the moment I’ll never forget.”

Derek expressed happiness at how his life has turned out.

“I’m super blessed like I have everything in life. I have a beautiful son, I have a beautiful family, I have a beautiful fiancée,” he said. “Elias is like a son to me, parang I have a beautiful second son.”  (MNS)

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