Gretchen Barretto ready to bury past issues with Dawn and Nadia

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"Sana wala lang press. Mahirap kasi kapag may press, baka sabihin nila parang gimik,"says Gretchen Barretto about reconciling with former friends Nadia Montenegro andDawn Zulueta.


The entertainment press was able to talk withactress-TV5 host Gretchen Barretto after her modeling stint at Ivarluski Aseron's fashion show heldyesterday, November 13, at the lobby of Shangri-La Hotel in Makati City. Apparently, she wasdetermined to resolve past misunderstandings with her old friend Nadia Montenegro and with Dawn Zulueta.

Keeping her positive outlook in life, which she alsomentioned after the launching of TV5's second season and grand Christmas party last Wednesday, November 12, Gretchen reiterated that all the past issues no longer matter to her.

"Kung anuman ang nangyari between me and whoever, kunganuman 'yong issue, pag once nailabas mo na 'yong sama ng loob mo... Marunongnaman ako magpatawad, e. Ako naman, Ionly tell the truth and once na nailabas ko na ang sama ng loob ko, tapos na saakin 'yon. Wala namang problema," she said.

BIDING HER TIME. Gretchen seconded Nadia's statement on ShowbizCentral last Sunday, November 9, by saying that they never had an opportunityto meet each other on the birthday celebration of Annabelle Rama last October25. (Click here to read relatedarticle.)

Gretchen said that they were in different yachts, "Nakita kosiya from afar. I don'tknow kung nakita niya ako."

She also revealed that she saw and greeted Nadia's daughter with former Caloocan Mayor Boy Asistio, Ynah Asistio.

Gretchen said, "Hindi naman dapat nadadamay angmga bata, hindi ba? Anak-anakan ko 'yan mga 'yan, anak-anakan din ni Nadia ang anak ko. Alangan namang hindi ko batiin ang mga bata? Wala namang kinalaman 'yon.

"Needless to say, mahal ko sila, mahal na mahal kosila. At ramdam na ramdam ko na mahaldin ako ni Ynah kasi, alam mo 'yong nag-i-sparkle 'yong eyes ni Ynah noongnakita niya ako."

What if she bumped into Nadia during that night?

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"As far as I'm concerned, wala akong problema kay Nadia,"Gretchen replied. "I'm sure, sa pusoni Nadia... I don't know, maybe mali ang sabihin kong I'm sure, pero kilala ko siNadia. Palaban 'yan pero malambot angpuso. So, kung kami lang 'yan,siguradong mag-iiyakan kami."

Just like Nadia, Gretchen said that she hadforgiven her friend. "Hay naku, matagalko na siyang pinatawad. Sino ba ako para di magpatawad, di ba? Nagkakamali lang naman ako,e. Maldita rin naman talaga ako,inaamin ko."

She then clarified that she's not waiting for Nadia toapproach her and talk to her. "Hindi kosiya hinihintay, hindi ko lang siya nakikita. Walang problema sa aking magpakumbaba,hindi problema sa akin 'yon. Mahal kosi Nadia, mamahalin ko siya kahit anong mangyari."

She continued, "Alam mo, kami rin ang magtutulungan niyankapag may nangyari sa akin. Kapagnalaman niyang naoperahan ako o ooperahan ako o may sakit ako, siya angunang-unang tatakbo. At kapag alam ko,nalaman ko na may sakit si Nadia or may kailangan siya, ako rin ang unang-unangtatakbo."

Gretchen said that resolving the issue just needs righttiming and should happethat resolving the issue just needs righttiming and should happen privately.

"I think kapag walang nakapaligid," she described. "I know and I feel na kapag walangnakapaligid, handa ko siyang... Wala na sa akin 'yon. Kasi, I believe na lahat ng bagay may rason kung bakitnangyayari.

"Kung talagang kailangang mailabas ang totoo, only for thatreason, okay lang din sa akin. Youknow, the truth will always set you free, so I feel that I'm free and I owethat to Nadia. Kasi wala naman naakong dapat itago, e. Kung inilabasniya, salamat, okay lang din. At least ngayon wala na kayong maitatanong saakin."

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ON DAWN ZULUETA. In the past interview with GMA-7 reporter Lhar Santiago, DawnZulueta mentioned that her "snubbing issue" with Gretchen was already in thepast. When the media related this tothe latter, she smiled and said, "That's nice. Ang tagal na rin ng disgutong 'yon, we're older now."

She added, "Two years na rin ang isyu na 'yan,kailangang kalimutan, kailangang magmahalan. Hindi tayo magiging magandang halimbawa sa mga anak namin kung ganitokami, away nang away at inggitan nang inggitan. Hindi yata maganda 'yan sa buhay, di ba?"

Gretchen said that she's now ready to reconcile with Dawn. She reiterated, "Napatawad kona siya, napatawad ko na ang lahat ng tao. At I hope napatawad na din ako dahil, siyempre, maldita rin naman ako,di ba? At least ako, inaamin ko na malditaako."

As she mentioned about Nadia, the actress said thatshe won't have a problem if she sees Dawn personally. "Walang problema sa akin. Wala namang problema, e. Alammo, ang tunay na matatag at matapang ay 'yong unang marunong sumuko. Para sa akin, walang problema."

ON JOHN ESTRADA. Forher newest game show on TV5 titled You and Me Against the World, Gretchen willhave John Estrada as a guest on its first episode. This just shows that despite the "kisscandal"that happened last year, everything is okay between her and the actor. (Clickhere to read related article.)

"Naging guest ko siya sa first episode ko and he gave mefull support," she related to the media. "I'm very happy kasi hindi naman kami nagkaaway kahit kailan, e. Akala lang ng tao 'yon dahil sa nangyaringiskandalo but we're fine, we're okay. In fact, we're very good friends."

Gretchen also said that even after the "kisscandal," she and John still talk and see each otheroccasionally. "Hindi kami ngayon langnagkita, akala lang ng tao ngayon lang kami nagkita. Nakikita ko pa rin siya sa ibang affairs at nakikita ko pa rinsiya sa bahay nina Lucy [Torres-Gomez] at ni Goma [Richard Gomez], atnagtatawagan kami bilang magkaibigan, nagkukumustahan kami. So, walang problema, nagtutulungan."

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She added, "Wala naman kaming problema eversince. Alam mo, pareho naman kamingmalalaking tao na, alam naman namin kung anong tama at mali. That was just one night of fun and it wasblown out of proportion. Nangyayari'yon, di ba? 'Tapos na 'yon, ang tagalna no'n."

Before the public starts to speculate, she alreadycleared that her partner Tonyboy Cojuangco approved the guest appearance ofJohn on her show.

"Hindi na namin pinag-uusapan ang mga bagay na'yan, they're very petty kasi. Tapos naang mga isyu na 'yan para sa amin ni Tony, a long, long, time ago. Magtu-two years na 'yon, parang bulok nasiya. Ang dami nang issues nanangyari," Gretchen said in closing.

In the end, she pointed out, "Never naman naging issue kayTony si John."


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