Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Intervention For My Ex....

I HAD to post on this on because Intervention is one my most FAVORITE shows. When I saw last week's Intervention and it turned out to be Robbie from the group City High you know I clutched my pearls, felt my eyes grow wide, and remained shocked, rupauled, and slacked jawed for the remainder of the episode. It is one thing to watch Intervention and feel the pain of the addict and the family BUT to feel like you actually know the person - a once semi-celebrity - just puts a whole new spin on it.

So anyway, I'm sure you've all heard or seen a clip or something by now. Robbie is a full fledged loser and ree-diculous drunk. He drinks all day er'day and not even with a splash of cranberry or OJ. Gallon bottles of Vodka straight to the head. It was beyond sad to watch. He says that he became an alcoholic after Claudette Ortiz, the hot girl in the group, left him for Ryan, the guy who SANGS "Oh Happy Day" in Sister Act 2 and was the third member of City High. Then she not only dated Ryan, but she married him a year later. Of course we were all like that is so fucked up! Who does that? I mean I know you can't always determine or help who you fall in love with, but really? You leave him for the other group member? How is that really supposed to work? Is he really supposed to get on the stage withchya'll er'night singin bout Caramel knowin that his Caramel is now fuckin his friend and group member? Seriously, something in that milk just ain't clean.

On the flip side, no one can be blamed for Robbie's choices. He is an alcoholic because he wants to be. Claudette didn't cause him to start drinking his life a way. He had a traumatic situation in his life, as we all have or will have, but that doesn't mean you become a drunk or a crack head. Especially not when you have a GIFT that has been recognized and acknowledged? Why not keep singing? Sing about your pain, use your gift? Why let some chic and a dude be the "reason" you destroy your life and your purpose in this world?

So all that to say...Claudette decided to speak out and this what she had to say:

On Why She’s Speaking Out:
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.

On how she felt after watching the intervention:
I didn’t watch it when it came on but then all this stuff started popping up on the internet & when I decided that I was going to do this interview I had to watch it… I’m being used a scapegoat for his failure… he didn’t appreciate me, City High… I saw him on there talking about the red carpet… he didn’t appreciate the red carpet… I’m 18 years old living my dream, we were nominated for a Grammy & here is Robbie drunk… drunker than I’ve ever seen, I’m hoping we don’t win because I didn’t think he could control himself if we had to go on stage an accept the award.

On how she linked up with Ryan:
Ryan was always a good friend to me… when Robbie & I broke up people were always saying things about me & Ryan would defend me so I was looking at him like he was my hero. It got to the point where I didn’t even want to be alone with Robbie… One time he threw a champagne bottle & again I had to move out of the way to prevent from getting hit. People thought he was going to hurt me because of how he treated me. Ryan was the total opposite… he has a lot of respect for women.

On her relationship with Ryan and Robbie:
They weren’t best friends like Robbie likes to try & make it seem… Robbie was my teenage boyfriend & it wasn’t like I just hopped from one to the other… I married Ryan & was with him for 9.5 years. I got with Ryan because Robbie was an alcoholic… & the way he treated me. If I had a man now that had problems with alcoholism but treated me good, I’d stick around & help him through it.

On the group’s break up:
I left the group in June 2003… he knows my reasons… he wanted to stay in the group… maybe that’s why he blames me. But if me leaving because I didn’t want to deal with the nightmare anymore is a bad thing, then I’ll take that. I’d been dealing with it since 1998 all the way through to 2003. I don’t know many solid women that can deal with that for so long… I even initially took the blame… I remember doing the Wendy Williams show & accepting all responsibility for the breakup because I didn’t want to talk about the truth… I don’t think he expected me to say anything… but I’m not that little girl anymore. I’m not weak, I’m a grown woman. I have children, got married, divorced… you have to stand up for yourself & that’s what I’m doing.

Claudette also claims that she broke up with Robbie before they put out their first single and had been broken up with him for a year before starting a romance with Ryan, which contradicts Robbie’s story on A&E.

I believe Claudette. She was 18 years old and she left the abuser for the nice guy. It was easy, it was convenient, and at the time it probably made a lot of sense. I still think it wasn't a bright idea and she shouldn't be blamed for Robbie's actions or his alcoholism.

If she does come out with a new album, can you imagine if there is a song about this? The song could be called, "He Was Drunk...So I Married His Friend"...or sumtin like that. I would listen....on repeat.



Anonymous said...

WOW. I always watch Intervention but I chose to miss it when this episode aired..damn!

I am going to have to catch a repeat because I really would like to see it.

And I agree Robbie should blame himself for becoming an alcoholic. If he was drinking heavy back when he was doing well, what did he expect to happen when they fell off the charts?

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Anonymous said...

LOLL... I saw this episode. You can tell Robbie is a douchebag from the way he treats his current girlfriend and his mother. A**hole.