Gretchen Barretto Gives Up On Reconciling With Estranged Family MembersGretchen Barretto has admitted that she has given up on reconciling with members of her family she is currently at odds with.
In an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN News’s Marie Lozano, the veteran actress said that she has “given up” on the prospect of her and members of her family she has been fighting with settling their differences.
During the past couple months, the Barretto family was split into two factions with one supporting Gretchen and the other supporting Claudine Barretto.
The feud was partially spurned by comments allegedly made by Gretchen and sister Marjorie Barretto on the social image sharing site Instagram attacking a user they were fairly certain was Claudine. Claudine is alleged to be trying to block the rising show business career of Julia Barretto, her niece and the daughter of Marjorie.
As the feud escalated, their mother Inday sent out a press release saying she had disowned Gretchen who she described as evil and a liar.
Comments coming from their siblings Joaquin and Gia have brought up issues of the past including matters that involved money.
However, it appears that the actress is doing fine.
“I'm so much better now. Through the grace of God, I am okay. The love of my friends and family around is just amazing... I'm okay now,” Barretto said.
When asked if she wishes for things to get better between her and members of her family she has been fighting with, she said that she does not think this will happen. In fact, Gretchen said that she does not even think about this.
“Honestly, no, I'm not. I don't think about that,” she said.
“I try not to talk about anything that's painful, anything that's negative. I just try to move on and do my thing,” she added.
Meanwhile, Gretchen also detailed how she and her sister Marjorie got through this very trying time.
“I surround myself with people who love me, and who appreciate me. I think that's what's important for me,” Gretchen explained.
“Nung nagka-problema ako or si Marjorie, nandiyan lang kami, andiyan 'yung mga kapatid ko, andiyan yung mga pamangkin naming,” she added.
“They're just there, walang sinasabi, ayaw namin pag-usapan 'yung problema, o kung sino 'yung problema, o kung sino 'yung nakakasakit, we just tried to be positive,” she said.
One thing Gretchen also realized is the power of hugs.
“One of the things that I really appreciate is that importante pala talaga 'yung yinayakap ka pag may problema,” the 42-year-old actress told Lozano.
“Kasi 'di ba masakip sa dibdib pag may problema, so when you embrace the person, kahit wala kang sabihin, it means so much,” she went on.
“I never thought na ang yakap pala, when it's given to you at a time... that very painful time, it means the world to you. Parang 'yun lang, sapat na,” she added.
Gretchen also spoke about the importance of prayer when dealing with a problem.
“Kung walang dasal, siguro I gave up already na,” Gretchen said.
“Salamat sa Diyos, I have friends, I have people who love me, I have people who pray for me. Kapit sa Diyos, iyon ang importante,” she added.