MANILA, Philippines –Gretchen Barretto’s relationship with long-time partner tycoon Antonio "Tonyboy" Cojuangco has always been rocky and controversial. In the past years, their fights and rumored separation kept landing on the gossip pages.
In her recent interview with ABS-CBN News, a more contented Barretto declared that her love life is now “quiet, happy, [and] peaceful.”
“I love that I could just go home and not worry about things, have no fears. It's just all quiet. It's not boring… Right now, if time could just stand still, it's perfect,” she said.
“We're so together now more than ever. More than a year ago, I remember Tony saying, ‘I’m going to make you fall in love with me again.’ And I said, ‘Yeah right, whatever.’ And you know what, he really made me fall in love with him all over again,” she added.
Barretto was giddy when she said that their Valentine is going to be “so happy.”
“It hasn’t been happy in a long, long time. Kasi there was a time in my life na naging bored na ako. And now I’m contented,” she said.
When asked about her beauty secret, meantime, the actress replied: “Staying away from trouble is the best. Para walang stress.”
Barretto is also into pole dancing and pilates especially now that she is about to start her tapings for her upcoming television series.
"I have been doing pole dancing and pilates. So I'm healthier now. I've been eating well. I'm preparing for a teleserye because siyempre kailangan healthy ako kapag ginawa ko ang teleserye. After all, I will be taping 3 times a week," she said.
Her newest soap’s working title is “Till My Heartaches End” and she will star alongside Bea Alonzo and Derek Ramsay. It is Barretto’s first television series.
"Si Bea kapatid ko siya at magkakaroon kami ng love triangle ni Derek,” she said.
Alonzo’s role was originally offered to Barretto’s youngest sister, Claudine, until the latter moved to a rival network.
"Una nalungkot ako but then again life has to go on and nandito naman si Bea. And Bea is good naman," the elder Barretto said.
Meanwhile, Barretto announced that she is set to sign an exclusive contract with the Kapamilya network.
"I'm very excited kasi normally hindi talaga ako nagsa-sign ng contract. Hindi talaga ako exclusive. But since they are giving me a very big project, a very good project, siyempre exclusive na ako," the actress said.