Businessman Atong Ang finally broke his silence on the controversy surrounding him and some of the female members of the showbiz Barretto family.
Nicole Barretto, niece of Gretchen Barretto, earlier accused her aunt of "stealing" Ang from her.
Gretchen denied this by saying that it was Nicole who first "stole" Ang from Claudine.
In a statement sent to ABS-CBN News' Henry Omaga-Diaz, Ang clarified how he is associated with each of the Barretto women.
The businessman said Nicole and her mother used to work for him; Gretchen was a business partner; and he once helped Claudine with her personal issues.
The full text of his statement can be read below:
"Tungkol kay Nicole, mga four to 11 years ago ay nagkakasama kami nang mommy niya. Kung ano man ang relationship namin, walang kinalaman si Gretchen.
"Si Gretchen kasosyo ko sa casino at saka sabong. Si Tonyboy Cojuangco, kasama ko rin sa casino. May junket ako sa mga casino, si Tony kasosyo ko sa Okada.
"Kung nagkahiwalay kami nila Nicole walang kinalaman si Gretchen. Ang relasyon namin ni Nicole, parang taga asikaso ng mga flights ko and schedule ko noon.
"Iyong relasyon kay Claudine, ako ang nag-ayos nang nagkaproblema sila ng anak ni Mayor Martin Castro --'yun lang ang naging relasyon namin.
"Si Nicole, pinagaral ko 'yan, ang nagtrabaho sa akin 'yung nanay niya. Si Gretchen malapit siya sa asawa ko."
Ang's history with the Barrettos was put on the limelight after Nicole's statement about her going to the US to "move on" from what happened between her and Ang.
This was allegedly the triggering factor that led to the physical confrontation between Gretchen and Nicole during the wake of their patriarch Miguel last week.
In the aftermath of the scuffle, and on the day of their father's cremation, Claudine on Instagram posted a clip of Ang having a short conversation with their mother, Inday.