Shortly after their stunning apperance at the Gold House Gala in Los Angeles last week, James Reid is confirmed to be the new talent manager of fellow ABS-CBN star Liza Soberano.
This was announced by entertainment reporter Ogie Diaz in a YouTube vlog on Friday, May 27. Diaz has been working with Soberano as her talent manager since her acting debut in 2011. He said that their contract will expire on May 31 and moving forward, the actress will be managed by Reid.
Diaz explained, "Nag-decide si Liza na 'di na mag-renew through a long Viber message na magalang naman 'yung bata in fairness. And tsaka 'pag happiness nung tao 'yung concern, binibigay ko 'yan."
He revealed that Soberano decided to move to Reid's agency as she wanted to venture into Hollywood. Diaz, meanwhile, admitted that the American showbiz industry is beyond his knowledge and expertise.
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"Kasama don sa mensahe niya sa akin ay gusto niya mag-try sa Hollywood and siyempre hindi naman ako 'yung tipong alam ko rin hanggang Hollywood. Kumbaga, hanggang dito lang 'yung kaalaman ko bilang manager," he said.
"Kaya pansinin mo magkasama sila sa gala tapos hindi lang si James ang kasama ni Liza, kundi 'yung ka-partners nila kasi parang meron silang business group," he continued. "And kasama doon si Liza and at the same time 'yun na rin ang magha-handle ng kanyang career."
"Sa lahat ng mga kontrata ni Liza ang signatory na ay si James Reid," Diaz added.
Although the actress' decision has put an end to the eleven years they've been working together, Diaz said that there is no bad blood between him and Soberano.
"Wala, kasi di ba ganun akong tao? Kapag isang tao gusto niya ng growth and feeling niya magkakaroon siya ng growth sa iba and feeling niya mas sasaya siya sa iba, binibigay ko," he said. "Napaka-importante ngayon ng mental health. Napaka-importante na nandon ka pa rin sa iyong sanity so kailangan ibigay mo 'yung happiness doon sa tao."
"Tayo naman if you make someone happy you are happier, di ba? Ako ganun," he continued. "Alam mo hindi na masama 'yung 11 years na pinagsamahan naman ni Liza and alam mo mas nakakahiya naman na naghiwalay kami tapos wala namang nangyari sa career ng bata."