'La Greta' defends Marjorie vs pregnancy rumor

Posted at 03/24/09 9:33 PM

Actress-recording star Gretchen "La Greta" Barretto on Tuesday came to the defense of sister Marjorie Barretto who is rumored to be pregnant allegedly by Caloocan City Mayor Enrico “Recom” Echiverri.

In an interview during the contract signing for her newest album titled "Complicated," Gretchen stressed that her sister, a councilor of Caloocan, is not expecting a baby.

"Hindi totoong buntis si Marjorie. Hindi kami nagde-deny kapag buntis. Wala kaming dini-deny (kapag buntis), pinagmamalaki namin 'yon," Barretto said.

La Greta was reacting to reports that Marjorie, who allegedl had an affair with Echiverri, is always absent from work purportedly because of her pregnancy.

Marjorie has already denied the rumor. The councilor defended herself by saying that the malicious reports were just part of the dirty tactics purportedly being perpetrated by two people who are planning to run in next year's elections.

For Gretchen, these allegations are being thrown at Marjorie simply because she is an effective public servant.

"Ganoon naman 'yon kapag nasa politika, kapag nasa limelight ka, pinagtsi-tsismisan ka...ibig sabihin ay importante siya," the oldest of the Barretto sisters said.

Contract signing

Meanwhile, La Greta on Tuesday signed a new contract with ABS-CBN’s music outfit Star Records.

“Complicated,” her second album that contains 14 tracks, will be available at all leading record bars nationwide starting Wednesday. The album is composed of original and revival songs.

The songs include “Looking Through This Eyes," "Never My Love," "If I Could Reach You," "Don't Say Goodbye," "Complicated," "Tell Me," "Here," “There and Everywhere," "This Far," "I'll Be There," and "Ready To Take a Chance Again."

Amid criticisms questioning her talent as a singer, Gretchen said she feels that she is now a “legitimate singer,” especially after working with Loiue Ocampo. 

"Working with Louie Ocampo for the first time, I guess, it is the most memorable. Getting to know Louie Ocampo. Siyempre haligi talaga siya ng singing industry or the music industry. Being handled by Louie Ocampo excites me," she said.

Gretchen said after the success of her debut album, "Unexpected," she and Star Records decided to come up with a follow up album.

Gretchen, a self-confessed hopeless romantic, said that she dedicates her newest record to people who are in love.

The actress is now gearing up for mall shows to promote her album. She is also planning to hold a concert with friend “Concert Queen” Pops Fernandez.