Gretchen Barretto, John Estrada Reunite In TeleseryeShowbiz personalities run in circles. At one point, they decide to sever ties with some people and as time goes by, they get reunited through some projects. This was the case for Gretchen Barretto and John Estrada, who after years of trying to avoid each other to prevent public malice are now ‘back to each others’ arms’ but only in TV.
Gretchen Barretto has agreed to take an important role in ABS-CBN primetime series ‘Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala,’ which stars Judy Ann Santos, Sam Milby, and KC Concepcion. Apparently, Estrada is part of the cast of the TV show. Thus, although their roles might not have a romantic inclination, the two stars would certainly meet on the set.
It was in 2008 when Barretto and Estrada made headlines when they were photographed allegedly kissing each other. The controversial photograph was taken in a party where the two attended. They seemed to be sober in the pictures, which shocked many showbiz insiders.
Kissing photo scandal
Back then, Estrada was still single, but reportedly dating several women one after the other. On her part, Barretto’s relationship with long time live-in partner was believed to be on the rocks then. It was a controversial period because she got involved not just with Estrada but with other men, including businessman Dodie Puno.
Speculations emerged after the photo leaked and spread across the social media. That time, Claudine Barretto was also quoted as saying that she may not control herself when she sees Estrada in ABS-CBN. Back then, Claudine was like the shock absorber, facing and answering most of the intrigues hurled against older sister Gretchen.
After several weeks, Barrettos’ manager, Boy Abunda, talked about the controversial picture. In a short, but meaningful statement, Abunda admitted that it was really Gretchen and John in the pictures and that none of those photographs were altered to create a stir. But he strongly reiterated that the kissing occurred but nothing was going on between the two stars.
After some time, the controversy met its natural death. They both moved on and have taken paths away from each other until now. In a media interview, Estrada said there is no issue with him and Barretto working together. He revealed that she would only take a guest appearance in the show.
Barretto would depict the role of a lawyer who comes to the defense of the character played by Santos. Estrada thinks no other actress could play the role better than Barretto. He even reiterated that the two of them have remained friends despite all that happened.
‘Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala’ airs over ABS-CBN Primetime Bida, after ‘Muling Buksan and Puso.’ Its other stars include Estrada, Mylene Dizon, Joseph Marco, and Amalia Fuentes, who also has a guest appearance.