Roberto Martinez’s ex-girlfriend, Gabrielle Ortiz, dishes to HollywoodLife.com about her failed relationship with the now-engaged Bachelorette star and offers advice to his fiancée Ali Fedotowsky.
When Gabrielle Ortiz first met Roberto Martinez, she was captivated by his charm. After seeing Gaby perform at Disney World, the 26-year-old Floridian insurance agent pursued Gaby, 22, relentlessly over Facebook until she agreed to go out with him.
Their relationship was moving quickly — and wonderfully — until out of the blue one day Roberto told Gaby he was moving to South Carolina. They agreed to stay in touch and to keep the relationship open-ended…but then Roberto disappeared completely.
Gaby thought something terrible had happened to her new love, and anxiously tried to find him. She searched in vain until a friend called her after the first episode of this season’s Bachelorette aired and she discovered Roberto was starring on the ABC series and was out to win Ali Fedotowsky’s heart. Gaby was left broken-hearted, embarrassed and hurt, and couldn’t believe someone who initially seemed so charming could be such a jerk.
Now, for the first time since The Bachelorette’s July finale, Gaby opens up to HollywoodLife.com about her relationship with Roberto and warns Ali about the guy who’s just “too good to be true.”
HL: When did you and Roberto meet?
GO: We met in December ’09. I was working at Disney World and he was one of the guests. He saw me performing and found me on Facebook. He said, ‘I recognized your smile.’ He totally pursued me.
HL: When did you become official?
GO: We started officially dating in January. We were talking on the phone for a while and finally got together. On our third date he said he was going to move to South Carolina. We decided not to do a long distance relationship, but we wanted to keep talking.
HL: And then he disappeared to be on The Bachelorette?
GO: He didn’t say anything about it. He never told me, but I know he was allowed to because he told some of his friends. I was out of town with my family and we kept talking over the phone and texting; I came back from vacation and he never responded. I called him and his phone
was disconnected. I checked his Facebook and it had been deleted. I was scared about what happened to him. I thought he was missing…he disappeared out of nowhere.
HL: How did you find out he was on The Bachelorette?
GO: One of his friends called me. I only watched the first episode because I was shocked. I didn’t want to see anything else. I refused to put myself through that humiliation. We were acting like we were in a relationship and now here he is marrying someone else.
HL: What was your first reaction when you saw him on the show?
GO: I was happy he was okay, and then I just started crying. I felt so little. I thought I meant something to him.
HL: When he was wooing Ali, did he do the same things he did to woo you?
GO: Yes! He’s a charmer. He did whatever he could to get me to fall for him. He kept saying, ‘I like you. I want to be with you.’ He’s the one who wanted the relationship. He would cook for me. He would stop in the middle of the street and kiss me. He treated me like a princess. I’m sure he’s the same way with Ali.
HL: Yikes. Do you think he and Ali will last…or is this just how he is with every girl?
GO: I don’t know. I really don’t know. He’s too good to be true. I hope they do because Ali deserves a good man. She doesn’t deserve to be hurt. I don’t want to say anything bad. I won’t destroy their relationship…but I would love for him to call me and apologize for what he did.
HL: Do you have any advice for Ali about Roberto?
GO: He’s very quiet. He’s very mysterious. He won’t tell you his secrets. I would tell her to keep her guard. He’ll have secrets and not tell her.