If I felt annoyed and disgusted towards her behavior at NAIA, now we know that she has mental issues to deal with.
In other words, she has PERSONALITY DISORDER… coming from a dysfunctional family. Not even her brother Joaquin and mother Tita Inday are spared from the mess of the Barretto sisters. Ang nailigtas lang from the toxic and unhealthy family would be no other than Gia, their older sister who lives in Boston.
Claudine must be really troubled.. Nung nasa ABS pa sya dati, lagi na me tsismis about her primadonna attitude, tapos meron pa yung napamura sya sa microphone nung muntik sya madapa sa ASAP, the abortion issues, Rico Yan’s death, etc. Then she suddenly moved to GMA, dun talaga sya bumagsak. Andun pa din yung tsismis about her unreasonable demands, etc. Unfortunately for her, people at GMA may not be that tolerant with her as Star Magic (kasi nga naman, homegrown sya sa ABS, one of the favorites kumbaga), kaya must be the reason na di na rin sya na-renew, then the NAIA incident, the incident sa bank (where she insinuated that her husband took money from their joint account), that weird issue with Angelica Panganiban (weird, because lumabas parang she made up crazy stories lang) the persistent rumors linking her to AA (plus gambling issues na din, etc).. Tapos now, iniwan na ni Raymart, who for so long, used to defend her.. Nakakaawa si Claudine, but then, if the parents truly cared for her, dapat talaga ipa-rehab na or whatever it is that the doctor recommends.. Maybe she can still save herself and her career, if maayos lang muna nya emotional/psychological state nya.. Sayang din sya e..
My cousin-in-law saw Claudine in person, chain smoking. Hindi raw mukhang friendly at approachable. It shows that she’s really bitchy in person… but despite those things, you will never deny that she’s the most talented among the Barretto sisters, heck, Gretchen is only known for her beauty and her acting prowess as a kontrabida in Princess and I as the evil menace Ashi Behati.
So, let us look at RichV’s statement about Tita Gia and the truth about La Greta…
Side Note: Kaya pala Gretchen is a fan of Cristine Reyes because… they share something in common, making it, ,,Gleich und Gleich gesellt sich gern.” (The German saying translates, “Birds of the same feather, flock together.”)
(Allow me to dissect it one-by-one)
Finally Gia speaks! Si Gia is considered by many to be the most normal and stable among the Barretto siblings. Gia confirmed what I said earlier a few pages back that Jayjay spoke on behalf of Gretchen because he is BEHOLDEN TO HER. He has his own agenda and he is protecting his own personal interests.
I may not know Gia personally (yeah, she’s Marjorie’s look-alike BTW and Claudine’s), but she should be considered as the most quiet among the over-all Barretto siblings. If you’re talking about the celebrity sisters, Marjorie is known to be the most silent of them. Pinagbantaan na ni Tita Gia is La Greta for her attitude, in a nice way. Unlike Jayjay, he’s known to defend Greta because he might have the same attitude as his delusional sister.
Gia, on the other hand, lives overseas and is not beholden to anyone. She has a happy family life with a good husband and 2 cute young kids. My older sis knows Gia very well and speaks highly of her. Actually you will not ever hear anyone speak badly of Gia because she is a nice, normal, down to earth person. When they were younger and students at CSA Gia was super pretty. I remember my sister telling me that Gia was actually the FIRST ONE that was first approached to get into showbiz when the girls were all super young (Gia is only one year older than Gretchen.) Gia said NO.
Everyone who knew Gia can confirm this, she never wanted showbiz.
So the parents NEVER forced her. Gia also turned down several commercial modeling offers and again the parents respected that decision. So that goes against Gretchen’s claims that her parents pushed her to do movies to earn money. Eh why didn’t they do the same to Gia?
Indeed. I find Gia better-looking, cleaner and fresher than La Greta. Nakakagulat at siya ang inalok mag-showbiz ng mga naka-discover sa kanya, eh. Buti na lang she refused. I’d say she’s the braver version of Ara Mina. Ara, however, ventured into showbiz to showcase and make the most of her talents just to earn for her family. Gia was the only one who did not enter showbiz because she wanted to live a happy and normal life, thus making her live overseas just to get away from the mess.
Mutual family friends confirm that Gretchen was ALWAYS interested in the limelight, first in modeling then the movies (she started her career via commercial modeling.) So Gretchen is exaggerating and even lying when she says she “SUFFERED” while doing movies as a youngster kasi SHE herself WANTED IT. From an early age, Gretchen CRAVED attention and fame.
So it’s like a Kathleen and Kristine Hermosa story, pero in this case, si Greta talaga ang gustong sumabak sa showbiz. She wanted to be there because she wanted to become famous and be recognized for her acting skills and not because she was a sexy star (nahhhh never find Greta sexy).
As Gia said, their family was typical middle class. They didn’t NEED Gretchen to put food on the table. Although of course when someone in the family does well, everyone benefits di ba. To compare, Kris Aquino said that she helped fund repairs of Noynoy’s house and buys daw some of his clothes. Does it mean Noynoy is poor and he cannot afford to do that on his own? NO. It just means when one family member is doing well financially it’s expected that they will share the blessings with other family members.
Kung middle class nga sila, why the hell were they bankrupt? From what I’ve heard, ganun ang nangyari sa pamilyang Barretto, eh. No wonder naging social climber nga si La Greta through being a mistress/concubine towards Tony Boy Cojuangco– thus earning her Dominique.
And yun ang point ni Gia. Si Gretchen has been known to badmouth her family for many many years na. Pinapalabas niya na para silang pulubi and she helped put 3 meals a day on the table.
Now I know why si Greta ay fan ni AA. Pareho silang hindi nakikisama sa sarili nilang pamilya at isa pa, they are known to badmouth them — kung si AA, she is reported to badmouth her own mother, what now kung ang Ate niya mismo na nagpa-aral sa kanya, naging ingrata pa siya? If AA felt remorseful, I do not really know with Gretchen.
And kung insultuhin ni Gretchen yung sarili niyang family, Grabe daw.
I had one Tita who overheard Gretchen say such nasty things about the Mom and the other siblings (and this was at a wake several years ago!) that my Tita actually walked away kasi hindi niya ma take kung gaano kasama yung sinasabi ni Gretchen. My Tita was so shocked at the kinds of things she was saying and how disrespectful she was about her parents.
Mas ingrata pala si La Greta kesa kay AA! Ngeeeeeeeeek! Buti pa si Claudine, siya ang dinedepensahan ng mudra at ng Ate gia niya because even though she’s known to be a prima donna, you will never deny the fact that she’s really a true-blooded thespian. Of course, patago na lang siguro ang kulo ni Clauie for sure. Pero nakaka-awa rin si Claudine. Siguro she needs to seek a professional just to get over with the mess. She does not deserve the treatment she’s experiencing right now– especially from La Greta.
And also over the years laging sinusumbat daw ni Gretchen sa family niya whatever help she has provided over the years. Apparently down to the last peso she will bring it up and remind them. And when anyone disagrees with her daw she will insult them and say things that are so shocking and below the belt.
Wala silang pinagkaiba nina AA. She should realize that no family is perfect, so kahit anong pambabastos ang gawin niya, she should just shut the eff up than to be a complete arse. Kung may hinanakit siya sa mga magulang niya, she should not be a bitch to scream directly to them. Kakahiya.
Remember, when she fought with Dennis Padilla Gretchen was screaming at one of Marjorie’s kids and yelling “GET OUT OF MY HOUSE! NOW.” Accd to family friends, it was Claudine who stepped in, moved Marjorie’s entire family to her house and financially supported them. I am no Claudine fan, but this was confirmed by a Tita who was contacted when “that house” suddenly became available for rent so alam niya yung full story.
See? Kung may good side naman si La Greta, well, it’s Claudine who is actually more generous despite her inner demons. Alam ni Claudine kung saan siya nakapwesto, at marunong rin siyang mahiya. Well, La Greta cannot even afford to bitch/lash out at Dominique for some reason, siguro she cannot do so because of Tony Boy (you know that guy is seriously…).
And as Gia said, Gretchen daw hasn’t always been there when things got difficult for the family. Wala daw siyang pakialam when the parents and other siblings were having their own problems. I heard that at one point she didn’t call or contact some of them for years even when they were having tough times in their own lives. How is that being a good sister?
Quoting Roxyisferox about AA:
I am not aiming for their reconciliation though. With all the words she’d thrown against Ara last year, I don’t think she deserve forgiveness. Kung makapagbitaw siya ng salita akala mo kung sinong marunong humawak ng sariling personal na buhay pati finances niya eh. Akala niya kung sinong marunong maghandle ng morality niya while AA is known to be jailbait since she started showbiz. She was known to be pasaway. She is known to have bad relationships with the press, while her ate Hazel (Ara, her real first name) has always been known to establish camaraderie to the public. She is known to be flirty with different guys, and yeah, including Willie Revilliame and Mark Lapid. That time, she was at before turning 20 when she flirted with them.
Ganito rin siguro si Greta. She claims to be the breadwinner if in fact she’s the troublemaker of the family — no wonder, hindi sila magkalayo ng similarities with AA.
So it’s weird that pinapalabas ni Jayjay na Gretchen was such a good daughter and sister. But then again, we know why Jayjay HAS to do that.
Ang masasabi ko lang, mas matindi pa nga si La Greta in terms of attitude. Overall, mas gusto ko naman talaga si Claudine, talent-wise and the way she handles her family very well. Despite her inner demons, at least siya pa ang marunong mahiya. It only happens that she needs counseling.