The Barretto sibling feud—spanning over 15 years—is probably one of, if not the most publicized controversies in showbiz.
Sisters Gretchen, 49, Marjorie, 45, and Claudine Barretto, 40, have been getting into public feuds over simmering issues in the past decade and a half. This has ultimately divided the whole clan, including the matriarch Estrella "Inday" Barretto, and the other siblings Mito, 59, Michelle, 58, Joaquin "J.J.," 57, and Gia, 50.
This time, the feud is between Marjorie, Claudine, and Gretchen.
It was triggered during the wake of their father, Miguel Alvir Barretto, who passed away on Tuesday, October 15.
It would have been an occasion for the sisters to set aside their differences, and maybe reconcile, out of respect for their late father.
But instead, their feud took a bitter turn.
On Wednesday night, October 16, Gretchen and Marjorie reportedly engaged in a scuffle in front of President Rodrigo Duterte at the wake held at the Heritage Memorial Park in Taguig City.
The incident sparked a blowup of deep-seated anger and long-held grudges of other family members, among whom was Alexandra Nicole Barretto, 26.
Nicole is the daughter of J.J., and niece of Claudine, Marjorie, and Gretchen.
During the wake of the Barretto patriarch, Nicole allegedly tried to slap her aunt Gretchen.
Nicole clarified to a netizen on Saturday, October 19, that she did not attack her aunt in the wake and was merely trying to protect Marjorie from Gretchen.
Nicole's next statements also created a stir on social media. She accused Gretchen of "stealing her boyfriend," businessman Charlie "Atong" Ang, 62. Gretchen fought back and said it was Nicole who "stole Atong from her aunt Claudine."
On Sunday, October 20, Atong clarified his alleged affairs with Nicole, Claudine, and Gretchen.
The businessman denied any romantic relationship with either Gretchen or Claudine but said he sent Nicole to high school.
Nicole's revelations have suddenly made her a main character in the Barretto family saga.
So, who is Nicole Barretto?
PEP.ph has done some research and here are the known facts.
1. Nicole is the only daughter of J.J. Barretto and Marichi Ramos.
She celebrated her 26th birthday on June 7.
2. She is also the eldest of four siblings.
Her three brothers are named Anton, Andrei, and MJ.
3. Nicole's Facebook account uses the surname of Marvin Paolo Magno, who is also the father of her son.
But social media and the internet have no available details about their wedding.
4. The couple, as mentioned earlier, has a son.
On her official Instagram account, Nicole wrote the link to her son's Instagram page.
PEP.ph has learned that the couple welcomed their baby boy to the Christian world in February.
5. She is a licensed optometrist.
Nicole followed in her mom's footsteps and pursued a degree in optometry. She graduated from Centro Escolar University's School of Optometry in 2018.
Nicole's mom, Marichi, is the chief executive officer of Ramos Optical Clinic in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.
Nicole passed the board exams in July that same year.
6. She has a passion for traveling.
Based on her Facebook photos, Nicole loves exploring new cities.
She recently went to Taiwan with her siblings and her mom.
Other countries she's been to are Singapore, Japan, and the United States.
In 2014, she celebrated her 21st birthday with a travel-themed party at the grand ballroom of Solaire Resort and Casino.
7. Nicole was one of Dani's bridesmaids.
Dani's wedding to Xavi Panlilio was held on April 23, 2019, at the Santuario de San Antonio Parish in Makati City.
Dani's sister Julia Barretto served as her maid of honor.
8. Nicole was also Claudine's junior bridesmaid.
Cousins Nicole, Dani, Julia, and Claudia were among Claudine's junior bridesmaids at her wedding with estranged husband Raymart Santiago. Claudine and Raymart tied the knot at the Tagaytay Highlands Golf and Country Club in Tagaytay City on March 27, 2006.
9. Nicole's "special friendship" with Atong first surfaced in 2014.
In a now-deleted Instagram post on June 6, 2014, Claudine shared a photo with Nicole and Atong.
Her caption read, "Mr.Atong Ang & the love of his life Nicole Barretto & i with the Love birds:) @colebarretto"