Another member of the Barretto family has stepped into the ring, so to speak, and defended Claudine Barretto and their mother, Inday. In a letter published earlier today, Gia Barretto – Reyes, currently in the United Sates, debunked claims made earlier by their brother Joaquin and supported Inday Barretto’s defense of Claudine.
According to Gia, Gretchen Barretto has repeatedly hurt members of the family, including their parents, ‘viciously,’ and used the same word Inday Barretto called her daughter in the letter published earlier this week – ‘evil.’
Gia also debunked claims made by Joaquin that Gretchen supported the family and sacrificed her education for sake of a showbiz career to help her family. Instead, Gia revealed that it was Claudine Barretto who did that.
Claudine reportedly helped send her nephews and nieces to school, and gave them material things not because she had to but she wanted to. Besides, how could Gretchen support the family when she was earning so little from show business, said Gia. Their parents provided for their every need.
So why did Joaquin Barretto claim otherwise? According to Gia, Joaquin’s move is understandable because he is under Gretchen’s employ.
In the end, Gia Barretto-Reyes asked Gretchen to stop hounding the family and leave them alone. The letter is posted in full below, courtesy of Funfare:
I respect that you do not want to be part of our family. At this point, we welcome it.
Not at any point do I ever recall us forcing you to be part of us but we have never also alienated you during the times when you wanted to be with us. Even during the times when you battled with one of us.
I say us because you have time and time again made extreme efforts to push us — mom, dad and all of us — away. You have hurt us in ways that put the word decency to shame, you have had no rules when you attacked us. If the attack were physical then it would be bearable. Bruises heal. But the attack has always been vicious, below the belt and so evil that the wound borne from it cannot heal. It is done repeatedly and unsparingly with permanent damage in mind. You have tried to put mom and dad to shame with empty allegations without thinking that you, whether you like it or not came from them. You ridicule them in front of friend, strangers and us. And, you expect us to just take it.
Your claims of financial support for this family have no basis, because dad always managed to provide. For the record, we may not have been so rich but we were never poor. 1. We live in big beautiful houses 2. Slept in carpeted, air-conditioned rooms, 3. Food galore. 4. Put in an exclusive school. 5. Members of exclusive country clubs. 6. We each have our own yayas, yours even a midwife. 7. Driven by chauffeurs.
Long before you were born and even after you were in show business. At 12 years old, could you have duplicated or taken over this kind of a style, with your meager earnings? We did not have an excess of things but we had what we needed. You were never forced to get into show business. I remember very clearly how you ran to the middle of the road when dad said “no” to you entering show business. He believed that school was important. How sad that you cannot distinguish the lies that you make up and reality.
No Gretchen, it was not you who helped us during rough spots. It was Claudine. You could not in the life of you convince her that our parents were abusive ones. It was difficult for you to accept that there was somebody who actually had pure intentions of helping where help was needed. You once told me and I quote, “I just disappear when things get tough.” You have become great at these disappearing acts. Claudine made an effort to be there always. Just a few corrections: Claudine paid for my med at UBC just as she paid for a lot of our nieces and nephews education. She gave them (our nieces and nephews), iPads, iPhones, concert tickets, clothes and so much more. She spoiled all of us not because she needed to but she wanted to. She unlike you, has never equated her value with money or material possessions.
JJ comments on TV are only credible in as far as he is caught between a rock and a hard place, because he is in your employ. It honestly pains me to see that you could put him in this situation. To pick between that and his parents.
I echo mom’s words, “Stop it.” We get it. We know you don’t want us so please hear us now...”We do not want you, too.” Please stop hounding us like an attack dog. We will admit defeat if you just leave us in peace. Just totally disappear from our lives without leaving a trail of vile and misery. Please.
Enough is enough! Leave us alone. Leave my family alone.
From GIA BARRETTO-REYESBoston, Mass., USA
Is this the end of the very public feud of the Barrettos? We don’t think so. Gretchen has yet to issue her defense. Claudine has kept quiet so far. And what about the other Barretto children? There are seven siblings but we have beard from only two so far.
We are thus reserving space at Adobo Talk PH for the continued salvo in this family fed. Adobo Talk PH
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