MANILA — In the latest accusation to be hurled between the warring Barretto camps, Gretchen Barretto alleged Sunday that her sister Marjorie is to blame for their father Miguel’s heart attack that led to his passing.
“Marjorie did not invite my mom to the gathering, and that’s what caused my dad’s attack,” Gretchen said on Instagram, in response to a follower who noted that Mrs. Estrella “Inday” Barretto, Miguel’s widow, was absent from photos of the late patriarch’s recent birthday celebration.
Mr. Barretto died, aged 82, on October 15, two weeks after the party Gretchen was pertaining to.
On October 6, Marjorie belatedly shared photos of that gathering on Instagram, none of which included Mrs. Barretto.
Marjorie captioned the photos with a request for prayers for her father’s recovery, revealing that Mr. Barretto had been under intensive care for a week.
“Exactly one week ago today, we were celebrating my Dad’s 82nd birthday over lunch in my house. Right after the blowing of the candles on his cake, he took a nap and fell very ill,” Marjorie wrote at the time.
“My siblings and I rushed him to the nearest hospital, I could say it say it was the scariest time for us all. After that day, it’s been a series of ambulance transfer, family meetings, non-stop praying, and big family gatherings at the ICU waiting area.
“All throughout this ordeal, a lot of love and support has been shown to us, most especially to our wonderful Dad. I’m just feeling sad today, realizing it’s been a week, and I guess we are all emotionally and physically tired, but our faith, hope and unity as a family is stronger than ever. May I kindly ask for more prayers for our Dad. That he gets better soon. And that God willing, we get to spend more birthdays with him,” she said.
That celebration, however, was the last the Barretto clan would spend with their patriarch.
Gretchen, who had been estranged from both her parents for years, sought to reconcile with her mother during Mr. Barretto’s wake. That attempt instead resulted in the worsening of a long-standing feud among family members.
The celebrity Barrettos, in particular, appear to have taken sides. Notably, Gretchen and Claudine are at odds with Marjorie and her children, including young actress Julia. Gretchen’s rift with a niece, Nicole, has also been made public, with businessman Atong Ang as an unexpected central figure.
Mrs. Barretto, who in the past has been vocal regarding the disputes of her children, has noticeably remained mum amid the latest controversy to rock her family.
Mrs. Barretto, however, is seen in a recent family photo posted by Julia following the cremation of Mr. Barretto.
Likewise, the matriarch has been the subject of recent videos from Claudine, where she is seen in affectionate moments with Gretchen, indicating their ties have mended.