Mrs. Estrella “Inday” Barretto has replied to her son Jay-Jay’s claims that her daughter, actress-socialite Gretchen Barretto, had been forced to enter show business at the tender age of 12 to support her siblings.

“At age 12, she wasn’t working yet. It was the first time she became a model of clothing line,” Mrs. Barretto was quoted as saying in an exclusive interview with PEP.ph. “She started really in showbiz when she was 14, and everyone knows [the movie] 14 Going Steady, and then one or two more movies so forgettable I can’t even remember it… Her fee was P20,000 [pesos]… So she couldn’t, sorry ha, she couldn’t have helped yet the family.”

“All in all, it will not reach P100,000!” Mrs. Barretto continued. “She’s also riding a brand new car, she has a driver, a yaya, we gasoline her car, her food. What is there to steal? There is nothing to steal!”

Mrs. Barretto also said that the Gretchen soon moved together with basketball player Joey Loyzaga, who was nine years her senior, when she was just a teenager, and that she was never in control of her daughter's money.

“When she turned 18, she was not with us anymore. She lived in already with Joey Loyzaga! We were already in Iloilo,” she revealed. “I don’t handle her money… I don’t even know how much she was earning. So she could not at all pay for our rent and all those things.”

Gretchen, for her part, has kept her silence regarding the issue.

"I have no answer for a possibility of reconciliation," Gretchen was quoted by ABS-CBNNews.com as saying in a statement given to The Buzz.

(Photo courtesy of PEP.ph)

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