She may have a longstanding row with her sister, Gretchen.
But Claudine Barretto is not about to just let people spread malicious rumors about her equally famous kin.
In an interview with Pep, Claudine dismissed suggestions that Gretchen is dating gambling operator Atong Ang, despite being in a relationship with business tycoon Tonyboy Cojuangco.
“Napakabuting tao ni Atong, wala akong masabi diyan,” she said. “Mabuting kaibigan, kaya siguro nabibigyan ng malisya. Huwag naman kasi hindi naman bawal makipagkaibigan sa lalaki, ‘di ba?”
The brouhaha began when veteran entertainment columnist Lolit Solis in an Instagram post cited a source, who told her that Gretchen and Ang supposedly shared more than a couple of sweet moments while out for dinner.
“Ang ate ko, kaya sila nagtagal ni Tonyboy dahil loyal at faithful ‘yan. …Masaya, masaya sila ngayon, iyong pamilya nila,” Claudine said of the rumors, before adding: “Sana matigil na iyan.”
Claudine also surmised that the reason Gretchen went out with Ang was to talk business, saying that their older brother, Joaquin, did have ventures with Ang.