Thirteen years ago, Gretchen Barretto met Antonio "Tonyboy" Cojuangco at a birthday party. Nobody expected that the relationship of a 55-year-old billionaire and a 36-year-old actress would last. One daughter, several controversies, and a "kisscandal" later, they are still together.
YES! magazine's August issue gives answers to questions left unanswered by the concerned parties—Gretchen, Tony, and John Estrada—about the infamous photo that circulated on the Internet. Several sources shed light on the controversy.
KISSCANDAL. Both Gretchen and John admitted that they were indeed the two people kissing in the photograph taken at Rufa Mae Quinto's surprise birthday party.
Was there an affair? Why did they pose in such a compromising position? Who made the photos public?
On the other hand, how did Tony react? Why is he still with Gretchen? What are the consequences of Gretchen's actions?
A source close to Gretchen concluded, "Tony is like that with all the women in his life. He forgives."
WHEN GRETCHEN MET TONY. When the actress started dating the tycoon, it was no secret that several people raised their brows. The Cojuangco matriarch, Tony's mother Imelda or Meldy, was said to be one of them.
How did Meldy react to the scandalous photos? Did she feel vindicated?
IN SICKNESS & IN HEALTH. Tony has been suffering from a throat ailment for several years, but refused formal treatment. He also had trouble breathing, a condition he had been suffering from for many years.
To the many who speculated that the illness was caused by the recent "kisscandal," a source close to the family clarified, "There was no heart attack or any of the previously rumored illnesses..."
Tony and Gretchen, along with a team of doctors, flew to Boston, Massachusetts, for Tony's operation. Gretchen stood by his side all throughout the ordeal.
Should anything bad happen to Tony, his property will be divided as such: ¼ to his legal wife Denise Yabut-Cojuangco; ½ to his daughter with his first wife Patricia Cojuangco; 1/8 to his daughter with Gretchen, Dominique Cojuangco; and 1/8 to any beneficiary he chooses.
Tony's operation was a success.
What's next for Tony and Gretchen? Is it really love that's keeping them together?
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