Today’s TBT artist is the beautiful Claudette Ortiz. I am sure most of us have been watching her on R&B Divas and either we have fallen in love with her, applaud her for not acting a fool on network television or think she is just a tad bit boring and what her to turn it up just a little bit (I’m just saying). But in any case I like her and I want her to win! I was reading an interview she did with Bossip on Necole Bitche.com.
Here are a few highlights:
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.
After reading that I loved her even more she was so candid and relatable. Many women feel like this everyday and many do not have the means or outlets to better their circumstances. But it is women like Claudette that we look up to because you give us hope to put on that brave face for our children and our tomorrow’s.
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