Claudette Ortiz Talks Being Homeless Before Joining R&B Divas LA [Details]

Rucuss staffJuly 19, 2013

R&B Divas LA star Claudette Ortiz is setting the record straight about her personal life.

The former City High singer sat down with and opened up about her life. Ortiz admitted that she vowed not to do reality TV but she was struggling financially and had no choice. The mother of three also went in to detail about her relationships with both of her group members. She claims it was not a love triangle but between them but she did date both of them at different periods of her life.

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Check out excerpts from the interview below.

On the decision to do the show:

Prior to the show, I had really hit rock bottom and I was at a crossroads where I just had to [do  the show]. All the little odd jobs that I was doing; I was a chef in the  kitchen, I tried to open my own businesses, I had my catering  businesses and I had a cleaning business but those things were not  enough to raise my children. So, I had to make a  choice of am I going to continue going this way? Where is this going? I was like  man, I guess I’ll just go to the air force reserves. […] I felt like it would  pay for school. I didn’t have any degree or anything so….

I was having a rough night. I had to leave the place I was at, and I was  driving with the things in my trunk and my kids were asleep and I had nowhere to  go. And that night Phil Thorton from the show texted me but that night I was  upset and I was crying. I was like “God, I know there are people out there that  have it way worse than I have it but don’t forget about me. This is still  difficult. That’s was when I got the text. I never wanted to be a part of  reality shows because I never wanted to  expose my children on anything like that.”

On moving from the East coast to the West coast for the show:

“When I [moved to LA] I had to move my children out of their  school. It was a big move from East to West Coast and I had just left my four  years of being at rock bottom. Four years of being ridiculed and scrutinized on  the internet and four years of having to  decide between one bill and the other and having to go to the social  services building and you’re case worker recognizes you and says, “Why are you  here?” It breaks you down so I was just coming out of that break down and  rebuilding myself and trying to get back into the grove of being in spotlight  and being in entertainment. That’s a  sadness that I believe women do feel and it does show on your face, but you keep it moving, you don’t cry. You  keep your head up and you keep going, even though you do have that consistent worry and heartbreak.”

On whether she drove her former group mate Robbie to become an  alcoholic:

“No. Everybody on the show tried to make it seem like I was the reason. No, the reason why I broke up with him was because of [the alcohol.] I didn’t cause him to be that way. I was so young. I was 16 years old. This was before City High was even a group. Once City High was a group, we broke up. My worth was completely broke down to the point where I couldn’t even defend myself.”

On her current relationship with former group mate Toby Ryan:

“We got divorced. We were separated for a year and half before we got the divorce. I think the divorce was [finalized] in 2010. We were together for 11 years. It wasn’t like what everyone thinks is a love triangle.”

R&B Divas LA premiered to the highest primetime ratings in TV One’s history.

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