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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jun 27, 2017

Gretchen Barretto Lambasts Niece Claudia But Later On Regrets And Retracts It

GRETCHEN BARRETTO was on the warpath after she got obviously peeved when someone asked her if she’d seen an interview with her niece Claudia (17-year old daughter of her sister Marjorie and sister of Julia) where Claudia chose not to mention her actual name and just referred to her as “someone else.”

In response, Gretchen later posted this in her own social media account: “The someone else (me) that Claudia is referring to happens to have given her a safe home for a few good years until her Tita Claudine took over (and put her to school) and gave her a comfortable life until RECOM ECHIVERRI came along and sends her to school & nice home. I pray that Claudia will not call Recom Echiverri someone else someday.”

Gretchen is said to have given Marjorie and family a home she owns where they stayed for a while. She later added this about her niece: “She must be suffering from AMNESIA. I’m not surprised. Very UNGRATEFUL CHILD. Not only to me but also to Claudine…”

But a day after her post, she quickly retracted what she wrote and said her daughter Dominique called her up while she’s still in Hong Kong and explained to her that Claudia was just misquoted out of context and didn’t mean to inflict any harm on her aunt. So she apologized to Claudia and asked for forgiveness.

Claudia responded and said she never intended to hurt her Mama (which is how she addresses Gretchen), adding: “I just want you to know that what I said was never meant to offend you nor disrespect you. It was maliciously and wrongfully viewed by the user who decided to take my comment largely out of context. As you know, I'm only starting my career and have yet to truly showcase my intelligence. It's difficult to do that now because of how nervous I can get sometimes when I'm asked questions. I have yet to get used to it and have yet to learn how to use the correct words. However, I still believe that what I said was not wrong. I hope you see the video, mama.”

So, is it all’s well that ends well? We don’t think so. After all, at the height of her annoyance, Gretchen’s post confirmed Marjorie’s long talked about relationship with the former Caloocan City mayor with whom she is said to have a child. We’re sure that hurt Marjorie a lot.