Gretchen Barretto left for the United States yesterday, December 26, together with her partner, businessman Tonyboy Cojuangco, and their daughter Dominique. Tonyboy will be having a medical check-up in the U.S. He had a throat operation in the middle of 2007.
"Ganito ba ang hiwalay?" Gretchen said as she laughed off rumors of her alleged separation from Tonyboy.
"Hindi ko alam kung matutuwa ako or maiinis ako sa mga kuwento. Natutuwa ako na natsitsimis pa rin ako, kasi ibig sabihin, buhay pa rin si Gretchen Barretto sa isip at puso ng bawat Pilipino para intrigahin ako," Gretchen said in an interview with 24 Oras.
Gretchen was involved in so many issues this year. The "kisscandal' involving her and John Estrada was the biggest scandal she got involved in. According to Gretchen, she has already moved on after that incident.
"Andami kong napagdaanan this year. Nagkasakit si Tony. Nagkaroon ako ng iskandalo. I guess it's part of growing up. Gretchen is no longer the 14-year old-Gretchen Going Steady [her first film] noong araw. It just goes to show na tao din ako. Nagkakamali, nadadapa, at marunong tumayo," she said.
She also shared to the reporters gathered at the Centennial airport departure area that she spent this Christmas with her sisters Marjorie and Claudine. The three had a falling apart for quite some time before they reconciled April this year.
"Ang sarap. Parang na-miss ko ‘yon. For me, that was one of the gift na nakuha ko this Christmas," remarked Gretchen.
By 2008, Gretchen expects to release her 12-song album. She admits, though, that this is the only concession Tonyboy has given her regarding any showbiz commitments.
"Hindi naman ako pinapayagan ni Tony ng movies. Ayaw niya pa rin kasi sabi niya maintriga. O sige, mag-CD na lang ako. Maintriga pa rin. Sana payagan niya na ako," she jested.
Gretchen ended, "Basta masaya ako na naiintriga ako. Kasi kapag hindi na ako naiintriga, wala na akong career."