Julia Barretto Posted A Family Photo Without Gretchen And Claudine

'Thankful for family.'
PHOTO: Instagram/juliabarretto

"Thankful for family."

Julia Barretto is still grateful for her family despite the controversies that have sprouted from the wake of her late grandfather, family patriarch Miguel Barretto.

The young ABS-CBN actress uploaded a family photo on her Instagram feed, showing the family matriarch, Inday Barretto, sitting in the middle of the front row.

Marjorie Barretto, who is seated at the far left, is surrounded by her kids Julia, Dani, Leon, and Claudia.

Marjorie's siblings Gia, Mito, Mitch, and Jay-Jay are part of the photo as well.

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Dani, who celebrated her 26th birthday yesterday, October 20, also posted the same photo on her Instagram Stories.

She captioned it, "Family is all that matters" and "We love you, Pikey!"

Pikey refers to the grandchildren's nickname for Miguel.

Dani Barretto, Barretto family

Jay-Jay Barretto posted his own version of the same family photo on his Instagram feed.

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He captioned it, "Bye dad .. [three black hearts ] [praying hands emoji]"

Netizens were quick to point out that neither Gretchen nor Claudine are seen in the photo.

One netizen asked Jay-Jay, "Where's @claubarretto?!"

Jay-Jay replied, "Asleep. She hasn't slept in almost 3 days"

Jay-Jay Barretto Family Sisters

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As for Gretchen, no one from the family has commented about her whereabouts.

But another netizen asked why Jay-Jay didn't post his picture with Gretchen and Claudine on his feed.

The three of them were seen together in an Instagram photo posted by Claudine on October 19.

Jay-Jay replied, "My choice"

Jay-Jay Barretto family

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Tension had always been rife between sisters Marjorie, 45, and Gretchen, 49, even before the passing of their father Miguel.

The sisters have had a "silent war" since late 2014.

Gretchen confirmed this through an exclusive interview with PEP.ph in February 2015.

Then during this 2019, the tension began to escalate, especially at the beginning of the Bea Alonzo-Gerald Anderson-Julia Barretto controversy when Gretchen became vocal about her support for Bea instead of her niece.

Gretchen then took a swipe at Julia's Instagram post addressed to Bea, commenting, "THE FACT THAT THEY HIRED A GHOST WRITTER FOR THIS POST IS HILARIOUS & MAKES HER SOUND DESPERATE TO SALVAGE WHATEVER IS LEFT."

Marjorie was then seen changing her Instagram bio to "Ghost Writer," which netizens read as a response to Gretchen's comment.

Gretchen fired back by changing her Instagram bio to "GHOST BUSTER."

 

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Things simmered down between the sisters when their father Miguel was rushed to the hospital early in October.

When the Barretto patriarch passed away on October 15, showbiz fans wondered if Gretchen will make an appearance at the wake.

On October 17, Claudine posted an Instagram video confirming Gretchen's presence at the wake, which seemed to have put closure on her long-standing rift with her mother Inday.

But the same couldn't be said for her rift with Marjorie.

Reports said there was an altercation between the sisters, which President Rodrigo Duterte allegedly witnessed.

This confrontation also brought media attention to Jay-Jay's daughter Nicole, who was also reportedly part of the scuffle.

The family drama continued when Claudine was spotted at the hospital after she and Marjorie allegedly got into an argument of their own

This argument was said to have also involved Julia.

Afterward, Marjorie took to Instagram to say her piece. She slammed sisters Gretchen and Claudine, saying, "Don't be fooled by statements of my sisters.

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Julia then expressed full support for her mom, saying, "We're behind you mom.

"The truth will set you free. You are protected and loved by many.

"You are the rock of this family. Everyone is behind you.

"We will all protect you. God is watching. He knows mom, He knows.

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"Stand tall, and be still. You hold the truth, the whole family knows the truth.

"Everyone was a witness, everyone will stand by you."

Meanwhile, Gretchen hit back at Marjorie and Julia with her own scathing statements.

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Julia then addressed a letter to her grandfather, whom she fondly calls by his birthday "9/29."

The Kapamilya star apologized for "how a solemn occasion and celebration of your life turned into a circus. That instead of your legacy being remembered and given of attention, it created noise and more damage.

"This is not how it was supposed to be. I'm sorry that you watched all of this happen."

Julia then promised to focus on sharing "beautiful stories about how great of a person you were."

She concluded her post by asking people to "please stop attacking me and my family at this most difficult time.

"We are all in pain and we are all still grieving our loss." 

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