Gretchen On Claudine, Raymart Clash: I’m Not Shocked, I’m Not ConcernedFor Gretchen Barretto, the current clash between her sister Claudine and his estranged husband Raymart Santiago did not come as a shock.
Gretchen and Claudine may have been the topic of headlines in recent months but now the spotlight has turned to Claudine and Raymart.
Claudine has filed for a Temporary Protection Order against her husband Raymart which, if granted, would bar Santiago from approaching or even communicating with Barretto and his kids. This is in preparation for a Permanent Protection Order.
According to Atty. Ferdinand Topacio, Claudine’s lawyer, Barretto has been suffering from “acts” by Santiago that he is “not at liberty to discuss” since 2005.
Raymart has denied he hurt Claudine. He has also said that Claudine has the ability to make up stories.
Meanwhile, when asked by ABS-CBN News for a comment and if she was shocked about the new development concerning her sister, Gretchen said: “No. I was not shocked. With many things happening, I am only concerned with my self-preservation.”
Gretchen and Claudine, while not openly fighting in public, were the central figures in a feud this year that divided their family.
Claudine has the support of her mother Inday, their father, and sister Gia while Gretchen has the support of brother Joaquin and sister Marjorie. These family members were the ones exchanging heated words in numerous interviews with members of the media.
The feud started when Marjorie and Gretchen reportedly started a fight with an Instagram user saying that this Instagram user, who they were sure is Claudine, was trying to ruin Marjorie’s daughter’s upstart showbiz career.
From that, the issue spiraled into issues about who helped the family when they fell on hard times and the like.
Before this controversy blew up, it was rumored that Raymart was no longer living with Claudine and his family at their Quezon City home. Inday Barretto confirmed earlier this year that this is indeed the case.
When Claudine was interviewed by GMA News at the sidelines of the birthday party of Sabrina, her adopted daughter with Santiago, she confirmed that she and Raymart have been living apart for some time.
During the interview, Claudine also turned cryptic and spoke of a “video” Raymart has which caused her and her children trauma.