Unless you have been living under a rock for the past week or so, there has been major drama concerning former City High members Claudette Ortiz, Ryan Toby, and Robbie Pardlo. Pardlo was the case subject on a recent episode of A&E’s Intervention and he stated that his substance abuse stemmed from his issues with members of the group.
Why did you feel the need to speak out about the A&E Intervention special & how you’ve been portrayed in the media since that special aired?
Claudette Ortiz: Initially I wasn’t going to say anything… & I think that stemmed from fear because of the relationship I had with Robbie… it was an abusive one. He portrayed it like it was a “lovely romance” & it wasn’t. I just want to move on & put things behind me. Other people may be in the same position I was in… & if you don’t eventually stand up for yourself it can carry on for the next 12 years… like in my case. It was time to tell the truth… the truth that he so conveniently left out in the intervention
How did you & Robbie meet?
Claudette Ortiz: I met Robbie before the group (City High)… We started out as friends… we were both singers & knew some of the same people… My older sister and him were in the same grade so she knew him too… they were 2 grades above me… when we first started dating she said to me “are you sure you want to date him?” I asked her what she meant by that & she told me Robbie had a reputation of getting really drunk (since) back then & told me a story about him drinking excessively to the point where he’d passed out. I knew he drank but I never saw that side of it. He was my first boyfriend, we were young I was 16 & he was 18… we were nice teenagers. Everything seemed fine in the beginning but over time it became like a nightmare.
A nightmare? How so?
Claudette Ortiz: At first it started with me finding out about other girls… I stayed through that… I’m sure every woman can relate to believing a man lying to you about cheating, even when all the signs were right in my face… & that caused problems but it was the drunken fits that really scared me & made want to end our relationship…
Describe one of those episodes…
Claudette Ortiz: The summer I was turning 17 Wyclef had a 4th of July BBQ at his house… there were a bunch of music industry people… I don’t recall what exactly brought it on, but he blacked out on me at the BBQ… he got in my face & started yelling “You ain’t sh*t, you ain’t ever gonna be sh*t”… & Robbie is a big guy he was so close I could feel the spit hitting me in my face. At my age I was so intimidated by that… belittling me in front of all those important people. There was another time I was confronting him about a girl & he threw a brush at me… I ducked & the brush went through his bedroom door… that’s how much force he used… If I hadn’t ducked I probably wouldn’t even be a alive today. I gathered my things & started to walk home… I lived about 2 miles from Robbie’s house… & that wasn’t uncommon for me do… there were plenty of nights we’d argue or he’d pass out & I would walk home… He came out the house yelling & started beating up his car. Broke the head light, started pounding on the hood… his mother came out & called me back… I felt like since it was his mother asking me to come back in the house I should… when I got inside we all sat down to talk & she was telling me things like I shouldn’t add fuel the fire… basically making me feel like it was my fault.
How did your relationship with him end?
Claudette Ortiz: We were working on the album & it was rare for him not to be drunk… My management asked me not break up with him (he knows this) but it just became too difficult for me. Going on the road, recording… it was terrible. We were in Hit Factory & I remember him walking past me & he said “so this it, we over?” & I said “yes”.
So you guys broke up before the first single came out?
Claudette Ortiz: Yes, even before the album was finished.
On the A&E Intervention it was stated that you broke up with Robbie on tour in Europe & started dating Ryan…
Claudette Ortiz: No, we hadn’t even been traveling overseas yet… & Robbie & I were broken up for a year before Ryan & I started any kind of romance.
I never even knew you dated Robbie, I only knew about your relationship with Ryan… So after you broke up with Robbie how did you & Ryan start dating?
You & Ryan have children but your not together anymore correct?
Claudette Ortiz: We are very close friends. We had both of our sons before we got married… we had a good relationship for a long time. Around 2007 it started fading out, we were changing… we’d gotten together pretty young & so we separated. I started seeing someone else & had my daughter at that time & I don’t know who Malicious Jynx is, that is not my daughter’s father. My daughter’s father is just a normal hard working business man. He’s not even in the industry…
So hold on… you don’t know that guy that is being reported as your daughter’s father?
Claudette Ortiz: No I don’t know who that is. I saw a rumor on Wikipedia a while back saying I was dating him & had a child by him… I was in the studio with Brian Michael Cox & we laughing about it… I wasn’t even pregnant with my daughter yet… I don’t know that guy & never met him…