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Billy on Coleen: ‘She made me a man’

Billy CrawfordACTOR-singer Billy Crawford has said that girlfriend actress Coleen Garcia made him a man as they celebrated their two-year anniversary as sweethearts recently.

“I’m blessed with an angel. I discovered that I understand a lot of things that I didn’t understand before. She made me a man. We support each other,” said Crawford, during an interview on “Tonight with Boy Abunda” on ABS-CBN.

Crawford, 34, also said that he was hospitalized due to asthma recently.

“I came from work actually. Close to 3 or 4 days I didn’t sleep. I left the house at 3 a.m. to go to the airport. Tapos pumunta kami ng Surigao. Hindi ko alam na Butuan ang dating namin. It’s going to be four to five hours travel to Surigao;

“Pagdating namin dun, e balikan. After the show nun, really late, balikan kami ng 4 1/2 hours. I enjoyed it but I was totally under the weather na. Then my asthma came back. I never had asthma since I was 12. Pagdating ko sa bahay siguro two days akong hindi nakapasok. Nahirapan akong huminga. I was wheezing na;

“After two days, papunta na ako sa ABS-CBN, hindi na ako makahinga. I was driving at dumerecho na ako sa St. Luke’s. I called a friend of mine. I’m much better now,” Crawford said.

Crawford is appearing in the comedy film “That Thing Called Tanga Na” which is directed by Joel Lamangan. The movie opens on Aug. 10.

Of the movie, Crawford said: “It’s about friendship, relationships. Ako kasi isa akong security rito na pa-mhin. Then of course ’yung mga kabaliwan ng mga gays. It’s a movie for everyone, especially for the LGBT community,” he said.

Crawford admitted he was initially intimidated by Lamangan.

“At first I was intimidated with direk Joel. Pero maalaga si direk Joel, he guided all of us in the entire film,” he added.

Crawford was discovered singing at a bowling alley when he was 3. Later he became part of the defunct variety show “That’s Entertainment” hosted by the late German Moreno on GMA 7.

At 11, Crawford went to the US where he studied, sang and danced. Two years later he became one of the back-up dancers for Michael Jackson who then appeared at the 1995 MTV Music Video Awards.

While Crawford pursued a career in the US, it was in some parts of Europe where he had major successes with his albums and singles. He has recorded five albums.

In 2008, Crawford returned to the Philippines and signed as an exclusive artist for ABS-CBN. He became part of “ASAP” and later hosted the second season of the reality show “Pinoy Dream Academy.”

Crawford also hosted another reality show “Pilipinas Got Talent” with Luis Manzano in 2010. In 2012, he joined the Kapamilya daily noontime show “It’s Showtime.” (Robert R. Requintina)