Tonyboy Cojuangco says he and Gretchen Barretto are "okay"

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"I'd rather keep my personal life away from thepublic or from the press. I just ignore everything. That's part of life. I'mokay and I've always been okay," replies Tonyboy Cojuangco when asked about live-in partner Gretchen Barretto.



Natiyempuhan ng Startalk ang businessman at live-in partnerni Gretchen Barretto na si Tonyboy Cojuangco sa opening ng Cinemalaya FilmFestival sa Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) noong Friday night, July 11.

Ayon sa billionaire businessman, mula pa noon ay supporterna siya ng mga independent film.

"I don't want to act in front of the camera but I'minterested in the arts and I support the arts," sabi niya. "I've beensupporting Cinemalaya from the beginning. The first year that we launched it,it was the time that the movie industry was not doing too well and we felt weneeded more movies to come up and the normal producers are not producing moviesbecause they are not doing too well versus the foreign films.

"But now that we have open floodgates for the alternativedirectors, the young ones, people have suddenly decided that local films cancompete with the foreign films. In fact, we have won awards."

Sinamantala na rin ng Startalk ang pagkakaton upang sagutinni Tonyboy ang ilang mga intriga na kinasasangkutan niya. Isa na nga rito angpagkaka-link niya sa isa sa pinakasikat na female star ng GMA-7 na si MarianRivera.

"You know, I am always linked to other people. You know, wejust ignore it because that's the way the entertainment industry is and that'show we get used to it."

Katulad dati, basta rin lang sa private life ng isa sapinakamayamang businessman sa Pilipinas ang pinag-uusapan, matipid pa rin itosa pagsasalita. Pero nilinaw niya na he and Gretchen are okay.

"We're okay. I'd rather keep my personal life away from thepublic or from the press. I just ignore everything. That's part of life. I'mokay and I've always been okay," maikling pahayag ni Tonyboy, who still undergoestreatment for his throat every two months.

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