Wife of Claudine Barretto’s supposed lover denies husband’s alleged affair with actress, says "Claudine may have made it up"
Cris Castro, 34, the wife of restaurateur and real estate entrepreneur Martin Castro, 38, the best friend of Angelica’s boyfriend Derek Ramsay and a friend of Barretto’s husband Raymart, told PEP.ph she heard about the rumor from Barretto herself. Castro said she told Barretto, "You know it’s not true. I know it’s not true. What do you care?" She added, "She said it could ruin her career. I think she’s blowing it out of proportion."
"Claudine may have made it up; I’ll never know, and it doesn’t matter," Cris Castro said. "I’m Martin’s wife. I should know if there’s an affair." She added that she has never talked to Angelica about the rumors because she "doesn’t need to."
Describing her husband as a "very accommodating friend," Cris said, "Maybe he gave Claudine the wrong impression--that he’s too available." However, she added, "Martin never goes to Claudine’s place unless there is someone there... They weren’t an item."
According to PEP.ph, Claudine claims Angelica said Martin is an "addict." However, Castro also denied this. "Addict is a bad word... And that’s too personal, that’s below the belt! I’m not blaming Claudine but I didn’t expect things to get out of hand like this."
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Castro also gave her version of what transpired during the dinner party she threw in her home on July 24, when Panganiban allegedly first offended Barretto. Barretto claimed Panganiban was in a bad mood ("padabog-dabog") when she arrived and that Panganiban had told guests that Gretchen Barretto gave Derek, Gretchen’s Magkaribal co-star, expensive, inappropriate gifts. According to Castro, though, Panganiban was "fine, just quiet" and "not dabog at all." She said, "(Angelica) was uncomfortable, I think, because there were people she didn’t know, so she wasn’t talking much... She had a smile on her face."
"We would’ve heard (if) Angelica (said) anything about Gretchen giving gifts to Derek... I don’t even remember hearing Gretchen’s name. In the first place, if you know Angelica, she’s very careful. She hardly speaks!" Cris said, "It was Claudine who was talking a lot. I guess she’s very comfortable with us. Claudine is very friendly... She’s loud. She’s the kind who wants people to know she’s there. Maybe she’s used to the attention. We give it to her."
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Cris also said she and Martin are close friends with Derek but not with Claudine and Angelica. She said, "We’ve known Angelica longer than Claudine. There’s been no rift all this time; she’s never affected us this way. But Claudine, in just a couple of months..." Asked if she is sorry she befriended Claudine, she said, "Yeah, I guess. I don’t need that noise in my life."
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