Saturday, May 11, 2013

Marjorie on family feud: Damage has been done

MANILA -- Marjorie Barretto is hopeful that her family will manage to surpass the latest feud to rock their clan of local celebrities. The 38-year-old former actress, however, told ABS-CBN News that "a lot of damage has been done." Following the controversial word war between the camps of her sister Gretchen and mother Inday, Marjorie has finally given her side on cam. In an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN's Korina Sanchez, which will air in full in Sunday's episode of "Rated K," Marjorie said she still finds it difficult to address the issue. "It's hard to comment, even up to now, but siguro mas pangit sa pananaw ng tao than what is actually happening inside," she said. The latest feud to rock the Barretto family stemmed partly from comments on the image-sharing service Instagram, supposedly made by Gretchen, saying that her sister Claudine is not happy that their niece, Marjorie's daughter Julia, is starting to make a name for herself in showbiz. Julia was recently introduced as an artist of Star Magic, the ABS-CBN talent management firm that launched Claudine to stardom until her transfer to another network in 2009. In April, in response to reports on the alleged exchange on Instagram, Inday released a statement denying Claudine's supposed plans to "block" Julia's road to stardom. In the same statement, Inday announced she has disowned Gretchen "in order to save one who has always been there for all, and with all of her love...Claudine." Two other Barretto siblings, Joaquin and Gia joined the word war. The latter sided with her mother and youngest sister, while Joaquin sided with Gretchen, who is supposedly in the same camp as Marjorie. Following the public exchange of allegations among her family members, Marjorie became the subject of headlines anew when a sensitive photo of her, supposedly taken five years ago, made the rounds online. Three of her children, Dani, Julia and Claudia, expressed support for Marjorie, saying they are confident that their mother will overcome the controversy. "I tell my children everything," Marjorie said in her interview on "Rated K."

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