Actress Gretchen Barretto has always been willing to answeralmost all issues thrown at her in interviews. She gamely talks about people whom she had misunderstandings withand bravely admits the "kisscandal" she had with actor John Estrada. But if there's something she wouldn'ttalk about in public, it would be her family.
This was what she requested when the entertainment press askedher about her partner, Tonyboy Cojuangco, and the upcoming wedding anniversaryof her parents, after the fashion show of Ivarluski Aseron last November 13 at the lobby of Shangri-La Hotel in Makati City.
Briefly, Gretchen said that Tony is currently inBoston, U.S.A. for his regular treatment and will probably return before hisbirthday on November 26.
When a reporter asked further about Tonyboy, Gretchenrequested, "Huwag na natin siyang pag-usapan. Kayo naman, hindi ko naman siyalove team, wala naman kaming movie. Hindi naman siya artista, parang hindi naman yata niya type na pinag-uusapansiya."
This was also her mood when the subject shifted to the 50thwedding anniversary of her parents this November. In fact, when asked if she's going to the planned celebrationfor her parents, Gretchen said, "Alam mo, ayaw kong pag-usapan'yan dahil ayaw kong nandoon kayo, ayaw kong isipin ninyo, ‘Ay, nandoon siGretchen, halika, kunan natin' or ‘Ay, wala si Gretchen huwag tayongpumunta.' Ibigay na natin sa kanila'yon."
She continued, "Huwag na nating intrigahin kasi pribadongbuhay na natin 'yon, so ang hinihiling ko lang na sana kapag parte na sapamilya, masakit 'yon, di ba? Sanahuwag na nating i-touch at saka old news na rin 'yon, medyo mga six years na rinyata 'yon. Kung sa anak 'yon, malaki na at tumatakbo na 'yong bata. Sana patakbuhin na rin natin ang intrigang'yon."
Although she did not directly answer whether she will attendor not the golden wedding anniversary of her parents, the 38-year-oldactress said, "I don't wanna talk about it. I'm okay with all my brothers andsisters. Ayaw ko nga magkimkim ng samang loob, hindi ba? Kaya ayaw ko ringawing publiko 'yong buhay ko."
BONDING WITH SISTERS. Gretchen did not really have her lips sealed when asked about thepeople who are close to her. In theinterview, she also shared her current relationship with her siblings,especially with her elder sister Gia, who is in the country for the wedding anniversarycelebration of their parents.
Gretchen's quick updates went, "Marjorie is very okay, veryhappy. Si Marjorie 'yong lagi kongkasama. Lately, nagde-derma kami,kumakain kami sa labas, nakakapag-bond kami. Si Claudine, parating hindi dahil parating may trabaho. Pag-uwi niya, siyempre tulog na lang, andparating may sakit.
"Si Gia, parati naman kaming magkasama except that todaynasa Subic siya with my dad. Iyontalaga ka-close ko 'yon, eleven months lang ang pagitan namin, e. She's older than me ng eleven months, at siya nabibisitako siya sa Boston."
She also said that she's aware that her younger sisterClaudine was hospitalized recently for low blood pressure. (Click here to read related article )
"Paano naman, sabi ko nga sa kanya, kailangan niyang magpahingadin—hindi puro trabaho, hindi puro pera," stated Gretchen. "Siyempre, si Claudine workaholic 'yan, diba? Nasanay, I guess, buhay na rin niyatalaga 'yong pagte-taping. Ako nga,tatlong araw lang akong nag-tape ng Maalaala [Mo Kaya] nagkasakit ako, nawalan ako ngboses. Siya pa kaya, three times aweek, 24 hours a day, di ba? Per taping, talagang magkakasakit ka."In the end, she joked, "Ano 'yon, e,sakit na talaga ng Barretto 'yon. Sakitna talaga namin 'yon. Ang sakit naminganda at low blood!"