While some fathers would easily take offense with people disparaging their kids, not Dennis Padilla.
The actor is not bothered at all with former broadcaster Jay Sonza spreading talk his daughter, actress Julia Barretto, is pregnant.
In an interview with DZMM Tuesday, Padilla insisted he isn’t mad because he knows it is just gossip.
He maintained that if there was indeed any truth to it, he would’ve known as he is very close to his daughter.
As to Sonza starting the whole issue by poking fun at it in a Facebook post, Padilla expressed how he wished the former talk show host asked him or Barretto’s mother, Marjorie, first prior to commenting on the matter.
He said, “Ang akin lang, gusto kong sabihin kay Kuya Jay—Kuya Jay, bago ka sana nag-comment ng ganoon, sana tinawagan mo naman ako. O kaya tanong mo kay Marjorie, o kaya mag-text ka kung sino man ang alam mo malapit kay Julia, para malaman mo kung totoo o hindi.”
“Kasi parang ang pagkabitaw ni Jay Sonza, parang kaswal, parang kaswal, hindi siya news type. So, yun lang siguro ang kulang lang ni Kuya Jay doon—yung coordination sa mga magulang ‘tsaka doon sa bata.”
He is open to discussing the matter with Sonza if possible.
“Mag-uusap na lang kami ng, yun lang, tawagan… at saka kung kailangan may mag-apologize siguro, apology lang siguro,” he said.
“Ayos lang iyon dahil kaibigan din natin si Kuya Jay,” he added.
Asked if he has already reached out to his daughter, Padilla said, “Hindi pa kami nag-uusap. Pero I also respect the privacy of my daughter dahil she’s already 23. Adult na iyan, e.”
“Si Julia, kapag merong hinihinging advice iyan, te-text lang naman sa akin iyan. So, hindi ko ibo-volunteer yung advice ko, kasi adult na siya.”
Note Sonza already issued a non-apology concerning the whole brouhaha, sharing in a recent post: “Pasensiya na kung napaaga ang aking Congratulations. Itatabi ko na lang muna iyong regalo ko sa kanila.”
Barretto wasn’t moved.
She has since filed a complaint against Sonza at the National Bureau of Investigation.