Here is Gia Barretto-Reyes’ open letter (to Gretchen):
When enough is enough
I respect that you do not want to be part of our family. At this point, we welcome it.
Not at any point do I ever recall us forcing you to be part of us but we have never also alienated you during the times when you wanted to be with us. Even during the times when you battled with one of us.
I say us because you have time and time again made extreme efforts to push us — mom, dad and all of us — away. You have hurt us in ways that put the word decency to shame, you have had no rules when you attacked us. If the attack were physical then it would be bearable. Bruises heal. But the attack has always been vicious, below the belt and so evil that the wound borne from it cannot heal. It is done repeatedly and unsparingly with permanent damage in mind. You have tried to put mom and dad to shame with empty allegations without thinking that you, whether you like it or not came from them. You ridicule them in front of friend, strangers and us. And, you expect us to just take it.
Your claims of financial support for this family have no basis, because dad always managed to provide. For the record, we may not have been so rich but we were never poor. 1. We live in big beautiful houses 2. Slept in carpeted, air-conditioned rooms, 3. Food galore. 4. Put in an exclusive school. 5. Members of exclusive country clubs. 6. We each have our own yayas, yours even a midwife. 7. Driven by chauffeurs.
Long before you were born and even after you were in show business. At 12 years old, could you have duplicated or taken over this kind of a style, with your meager earnings? We did not have an excess of things but we had what we needed. You were never forced to get into show business. I remember very clearly how you ran to the middle of the road when dad said “no” to you entering show business. He believed that school was important. How sad that you cannot distinguish the lies that you make up and reality.
No Gretchen, it was not you who helped us during rough spots. It was Claudine. You could not in the life of you convince her that our parents were abusive ones. It was difficult for you to accept that there was somebody who actually had pure intentions of helping where help was needed. You once told me and I quote, “I just disappear when things get tough.” You have become great at these disappearing acts. Claudine made an effort to be there always. Just a few corrections: Claudine paid for my med at UBC just as she paid for a lot of our nieces and nephews education. She gave them (our nieces and nephews), iPads, iPhones, concert tickets, clothes and so much more. She spoiled all of us not because she needed to but she wanted to. She unlike you, has never equated her value with money or material possessions.
JJ comments on TV are only credible in as far as he is caught between a rock and a hard place, because he is in your employ. It honestly pains me to see that you could put him in this situation. To pick between that and his parents.
I echo mom’s words, “Stop it.” We get it. We know you don’t want us so please hear us now…”We do not want you, too.” Please stop hounding us like an attack dog. We will admit defeat if you just leave us in peace. Just totally disappear from our lives without leaving a trail of vile and misery. Please.
Enough is enough! Leave us alone. Leave my family alone.
From GIA BARRETTO-REYES
Boston, Mass., USA
As an added chismis to this Gretchen as breadwinner thingie. Read this (from Femalenetwork.com):
Finally Gia speaks! Si Gia is considered by many to be the most normal and stable among the Barretto siblings. Gia confirmed what I said earlier a few pages back that Jayjay spoke on behalf of Gretchen because he is BEHOLDEN TO HER. He has his own agenda and he is protecting his own personal interests.
Gia, on the other hand, lives overseas and is not beholden to anyone. She has a happy family life with a good husband and 2 cute young kids.
My older sis knows Gia very well and speaks highly of her. Actually you will not ever hear anyone speak badly of Gia because she is a nice, normal, down to earth person. When they were younger and students at CSA Gia was super pretty. I remember my sister telling me that Gia was actually the FIRST ONE that was first approached to get into showbiz when the girls were all super young (Gia is only one year older than Gretchen.) Gia said NO.
Everyone who knew Gia can confirm this, she never wanted showbiz.
So the parents NEVER forced her. Gia also turned down several commercial modeling offers and again the parents respected that decision. So that goes against Gretchen’s claims that her parents pushed her to do movies to earn money. Eh why didn’t they do the same to Gia?
Mutual family friends confirm that Gretchen was ALWAYS interested in the limelight, first in modeling then the movies (she started her career via commercial modeling.) So Gretchen is exaggerating and even lying when she says she “SUFFERED” while doing movies as a youngster kasi SHE herself WANTED IT. From an early age, Gretchen CRAVED attention and fame.
As Gia said, their family was typical middle class. They didn’t NEED Gretchen to put food on the table. Although of course when someone in the family does well, everyone benefits di ba. To compare, Kris Aquino said that she helped fund repairs of Noynoy’s house and buys daw some of his clothes. Does it mean Noynoy is poor and he cannot afford to do that on his own? NO. It just means when one family member is doing well financially it’s expected that they will share the blessings with other family members.
And yun ang point ni Gia. Si Gretchen has been known to badmouth her family for many many years na. Pinapalabas niya na para silang pulubi and she helped put 3 meals a day on the table.
And kung insultuhin ni Gretchen yung sarili niyang family, Grabe daw.
I had one Tita who overheard Gretchen say such nasty things about the Mom and the other siblings (and this was at a wake several years ago!) that my Tita actually walked away kasi hindi niya ma take kung gaano kasama yung sinasabi ni Gretchen. My Tita was so shocked at the kinds of things she was saying and how disrespectful she was about her parents.
And also over the years laging sinusumbat daw ni Gretchen sa family niya whatever help she has provided over the years. Apparently down to the last peso she will bring it up and remind them. And when anyone disagrees with her daw she will insult them and say things that are so shocking and below the belt.
Remember, when she fought with Dennis Padilla Gretchen was screaming at one of Marjorie’s kids and yelling “GET OUT OF MY HOUSE! NOW.” Accd to family friends, it was Claudine who stepped in, moved Marjorie’s entire family to her house and financially supported them. I am no Claudine fan, but this was confirmed by a Tita who was contacted when “that house” suddenly became available for rent so alam niya yung full story.
And as Gia said, Gretchen daw hasn’t always been there when things got difficult for the family. Wala daw siyang pakialam when the parents and other siblings were having their own problems. I heard that at one point she didn’t call or contact some of them for years even when they were having tough times in their own lives. How is that being a good sister?
So it’s weird that pinapalabas ni Jayjay na Gretchen was such a good daughter and sister. But then again, we know why Jayjay HAS to do that