MANILA - After reconciling with her father Dennis Padilla, "Mirabella" star Julia Barretto has reached out to her maternal grandfather, with whom her mother Marjorie Barretto has been estranged.
On Instagram, Julia shared on Friday a photo collage of Miguel Barretto making goofy expressions. Its caption: "My grandpa is so adorable!!!"
A long-running feud between Julia's aunts Claudine and Gretchen has divided the Barretto clan for years, with Marjorie siding with the latter and their parents Miguel and Inday backing their youngest daughter.
The latest rift among the siblings stems from Marjorie and Gretchen supporting the claims of Raymart Santiago, Claudine's estranged husband, that she is mentally ill and has a history of drug abuse. Another Barretto sibling, JJ, also attested to Santiago's sworn statement in his legal feud with the actress.
At the height of the legal battle in 2013, Miguel, in an interview, lambasted Marjorie and Gretchen for "bullying" Claudine and even told them to change their surname.
"Kung kinakahiya nila ang Barrettong pangalan, huwag na nilang gamitin, magpalit sila... Wala akong magagawa hindi naman sila nakikinig sa akin," Miguel said at the time.
Julia's post about her grandfather came days before her debut on March 10, to which both warring sides of the Barretto clan have been invited. It remains to be seen whether the feuding parties will reconcile at the event, which Julia said is one of her goals.
Padilla, who earlier lamented Julia's decision to legally change her surname to Barretto from Baldivia (the comedian's real surname), will also meet his estranged ex-wife, Marjorie, at the party. Julia has since reconsidered her petition and announced that she will stick to Baldivia.
The meeting of Marjorie and Gretchen, aside from Claudine's possible attendance, is also anticipated. Although allies in past controversies, the two are now rumored to be feuding over Gretchen's vocal support of actress Liza Soberano, whom Marjorie supposedly sees as Julia's rival in showbiz.
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