"There was never any love lost," said Marjorie Barretto about her estranged sister Gretchen Barretto in an interview with The Buzz yesterday, April 15. "Nagkaroon lang ng gap, nagkaroon lang ng break, but the love is always there. God also has a perfect time for me and Gretchen. Malapit na ‘yan."
Marjorie's statement was in reaction to the chance meeting of her sisters Claudine and Gretchen at S&R, The Fort, two weeks ago.
Claudine said she was at the store to buy food for her adopted daughter, Sabina. Gretchen was said to have gone to the store to also buy food for her daughter with partner Tonyboy Cojuancgco, Dominique.
The younger Barreto sister arrived first, renewing her membership with the warehouse club before doing her grocery shopping. Gretchen arrived moments later.
Claudine said that Gretchen saw her first. The two approached each other and hugged. No words were spoken, only soft sobs. The sisters parted ways after their emotional encounter.
Marjorie said, "That is divine intervention, the perfect time for them [Marjorie and Gretchen]."
REPORTED HISTORY. Gretchen and her family, the Barrettos, have been said to be feuding since 2004.
Talk has it that the falling out started when ABC-5, owned by Tonyboy, hired Willie Revillame to host the show Puso o Pera?. It was reported that Dennis Padilla, Willie's former co-host in Masayang Tanghali Bayan and husband of Marjorie, had a heated conversation with Gretchen. Dennis questioned why the station hired Willie.
Dennis, reports said, blamed Willie for the cancellation of MTB, which left him out of job.
YES! magazine's associate editor Anna Pingol wrote in July 2004: "An ABC-5 executive told YES! that Gretchen holds no position in the station and has no say in any show or in hiring of artists in the network. The decision to hire Willie, the executive said, was made by the management team."
The argument between Gretchen and Dennis was said to have resulted to Dennis—Marjorie and kids in tow—moving out of the Loyola Grand Villas house, which Gretchen owned.
THE "REAL" ROOT. Dennis clarified that his misunderstanding with Gretchen was not about Willie.
"Never, no [it wasn't about him]. That was misconstrued. Willie was never a part, because Willie remained a friend through the years. Hindi siya part. ‘Yong naisulat lang twisted. Ang problema lang doon lumaki kasi Marjorie and I, we, never spoke about it," said the comedian.
Dennis refused to give details as to what caused the misunderstanding.
He commented, "It started with a very small misunderstanding. It was very small, but when some people started writing, ‘yong bulate naging kobra. So noong naging kobra na siya, nakakatuka na siya. Marami na siyang nasasaktan, kasi noong bulate pa lang siya, hindi naman siya nakakasakit. So lumaki. Matagal na, three years mahigit na..."
Dennis also revealed that he never had any anger towards Gretchen.
He added, "I want to say to Gretchen na ‘I am sorry' kung mayroon akong pagkukulang, o may nasabi, o nagawa. Patawarin mo ako. Kalimutan na natin ‘yong hate and anger. Let's restore love."
MARJORIE, DENNIS AND GRETCHEN. Marjorie commented, "Kahit si Dennis, nag-heal na rin. I'm so proud of my husband for being man enough to say sorry.
"Nag-usap na kami a year ago, a year ago pa. Ako pa, sobrang lambot ng puso ko siyempre lalo pa sa kaniya. She's my closest sister, di ba? Pero three years kaming nagkaroon ng break kumbaga. The foundation was very strong... God heals."
Like Claudine, Marjorie still hasn't spoken to their mother, Inday Barretto, about the recent serendipitous events."Hindi ko pa nakakausap si Mommy. Although I'm sure she's happy about it also," said Marjorie.