MANILA – More than two weeks since she attended the debut of her niece Julia Barretto, actress Claudine Barretto finally broke her silence and talked about what happened at the party.
In an interview with Boy Abunda which was aired on “The Buzz” on Sunday, Claudine narrated how she got an invitation to Julia’s debut, which was held at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel last March 10.
“I received a text message from Tita Mariole Alberto of Star Magic. She said, ‘Is it a good time to call?’ She called me, and she passed it to Julia. After three years, narinig ko ulit 'yung, ‘Mama,’” Claudine said with
When Julia and her siblings were younger, they used to call Claudine “Mama Pretty.”
“Sabi niya, ‘Ma, how are you?’ I got so emotional. I said, ‘I miss you so much. I miss all of you. I only see you on TV, your commercials. I’m so proud of you.’ Sabi niya, ‘Mama Pretty,’ hirap na hirap siya mag-buwelo. Sabi niya, ‘Pwede ba, it’s my birthday na, it’s my debut na on March 10. Can you go?’ Pero ang tagal bago niya sinabi 'yung ‘Mama, can you go?’” she said.
“Napa-stop lang ako sandali. Biglang I just blurted out, ‘Of course.’ And then I was thinking kung sinong gagawa ng gown na ganito kabilis. I was like, paano kaya mangyayari yun? And then she said, ‘Can you promise me, mama?’ And I said, ‘I promise Julia I’ll be there.’”
A long-running feud between Julia's aunts Claudine and Gretchen has divided the Barretto clan for years, with Marjorie siding with Gretchen and their parents Miguel and Inday backing their youngest daughter.
According to Claudine, it has been three years since she last saw Marjorie and Julia, as well as the young actress’ three other siblings -- Daniela, Claudia and Leon.
Asked about how her reunion with Julia’s siblings went, Claudine said she became emotional when she hugged each of them.
“Si Leon nakita ko na sa Ateneo. Santino (her son) had a program. When he (Leon) saw me, he just jumped and he hugged ne. I kissed him sa cheek. He was so happy, I was so happy,” Claudine said.
“Si Claudia ang una kong nakita sa debut. Si Claudia lang ang hindi ko alam kung ano damdamin towards me. Sabi ko lang, ‘I love you so much and I miss you.’ She said, ‘I miss you mama.’ I was more emotional when I saw Claudia,” she said.
As for Daniela, Claudine said her niece did not say much when they met but they exchanged a really tight embrace.
“When I was on my way back to my room na, nung palabas ako ng ballroom, somebody hugged me. Nagulat ako nung nakita ko si Dani. I saw her kasi go around and she was there. Siguro hindi niya lang alam kung paano ako pupuntahan. She didn’t say anything. She just hugged me really tight. Doon, naiyak na talaga ako. Kasi parang nasaktan talaga ako,” she said.
In June last year, Daniela sat down for an interview and expressed how she was hurt when Claudine said on TV that she is ungrateful and without good manners. Daniela and Claudine’s row stemmed from the former’s social media posts, which the actress thought were for her.
“Masama ang loob ko after her interview. Malaki ang tampo ko. But then I always say na I feel this way because I love her so much. I just asked her why. And I said, ‘Don’t let anybody make you think even for one second na hindi ko kayo mahal, na hindi kita mahal Dani, kasi mahal na mahal kita.’ Siguro naghihintay lang ako ng apology,” she said.
Meanwhile, Claudine also shared the status of her relationship with sister Marjorie.
“I don’t know kung saan kami ni Marjorie. Sa relationship namin ngayon, I think we are safe to say we are civil,” she said.
“Sa debut ni Julia, kinausap namin ;yung other staff na lalapit ako sa ate ko. Tiniming ko na sa padulo na talaga. Nagbeso ako tapos sabi niya, ‘Thank you for coming. It means so much to Julia and to me.’ And then I said, ‘Thank you for inviting me.’ Kapag dumadaan siya sa likod ko, she’d ask me, ‘Did you eat na? What do you want to drink?’ Nakikita ko 'yung pagka-ate niya ulit,” she said.
Despite this, Claudine said: “Parang natatakot akong mag-dive in kasi baka maulit -- baka mawala ulit.”
Nonetheless, Claudine shared that she and Marjorie shared breakfast together the day after Julia’s debut.