Gretchen, Marjorie, and Claudine Barretto have been involved in serious squabbles since last year. The three sisters have even brough to court their battles, with Gretchen and Marjorie on one side and Claudine with their parents on the other.
Pep.ph reports that last May 11, Claudine revealed in Buzz ng Bayan what her sisters did to her. Their misunderstanding started last 2010, but it was only recently when the issue ballooned. Gretchen accused her youngest sister, Claudine, of drug abuse and mental illness. “She’s heartless. She has no heart," Claudine described Gretchen.
It all started when Gretchen and Marjorie brought an ambulance to Claudine's home in Loyola Grand Villas in 2010. Claudine's husband, Raymart, was not at home, and she was with close friends when it happened.
"Pumunta ako sa gate nga, nakita ko nandoon si Marjorie, nandoon si Gretchen paglabas ko. Sabi ni Gretchen, ‘Can I please go in?’ And since kapatid ko naman siya, kahit hindi kami okay, pinapasok ko. Kasi I didn’t know what this was all about, bakit dumating si Marjorie, akala ko dadalawin lang ako. Tapos lumabas sila. And then, pagpasok nila ulit, later dumating na yung pediatrician with the ambulance, and I think there were eight men inside. I asked my sister, I asked Gretchen, ‘What is this?’ Nakita ko kasi may straitjackets itong mga ito, e," she narrates.
Claudine continues, “And then I said, ‘What are you gonna get me for? She just looked at her doctor and she said, ‘Do something!' I knew my rights, she was trespassing. Sabi ko sa kanila, ‘Saan, sa drug addiction or sa mental illness? Kasi hindi ko alam. Hindi ko alam. And then, sabi niya, ‘Basta, Doc, nag-overdose iyan!’”
Last October 2013, Gretechen revealed in the letter that her sister Claudine needs help with her drug addiction and mental illness. Raymart then also followed suit with Gretchen's claims, saying that this was the root of the problem in their marriage.
Claudine confessed that her psychiatrist has told her that she didn't have a mental disease, but experienced mental torture. "Yes. Iba yung mental illness sa mental torture, e." she shares. “I was diagnosed with Battered Wife Syndrome and it's...mahirap yung mga pinagdaanan ko. Maraming lies, maraming deceits, maraming pagtatraydor. Sinasabi niyo na I’m not fit as a mother, and all that. But my children are doing well in school. And then my sisters and brothers will witness against me. Tapos nasa Instagram sila nagki-Christmas party. Everything that will try to hurt and destroy me, they will do," she painfully tells.
Last April 2011, an Instagram basher started tormenting Gretchen and Marjorie, targeting Julia, Marjorie's daughter. The sisters pointed fingers to Claudine. They believed she was behind it. “They drew first blood and they were accusing me of so many things," Claudine explains. "I just kept quiet the whole time. They were just bullying and bullying, they did not stop. Ganito ba dapat ang ugali ng mga ate?" she questions.
Claudine even shared that Gretchen called her names, "Wala ka nang career, baboy ka, lechon, wala ka nang power!’ Sabi niya, ‘You will never be back in this industry. Magpakamatay ka na lang, Claudine!’"
When asked by Buzz ng Bayan host Boy Abunda her sentiments for Marjorie, she speaks, “Sa lahat lahat ng tao, kay Marjorie ako pinakagalit kasi pinag-away kami ni Gretchen, e. I said some painful things to my sister which I will forever regret. I always made life easy for my sister, for Marjorie. But she killed me the day na tinanggal niya yung karapatan ko to see my nieces na pinalaki ko. Nakalimutan niya ako, yung ako talaga."
She also explained that she will never do anything to hurt her neices, especially Julia because she cares so much for her. Claudine expresses her yearning for her nieces and nephew, "I just pray that they don’t forget—Dani, Julia, Claui, and Leon. I want to let them know that I tried so much during their birthdays, Christmas, Valentine’s. I tried my best [to reach out to the kids but] I couldn’t get through.”
(Screengrab courtesy of Buzz ng Bayan via Pep.ph)