People

Surviving Betrayal

HEARTBROKEN AFTER HER BOYFRIEND STOLE THOUSANDS FROM HER, THE ACTRESS IS CHANNELING HER GRIEF INTO NEW MUSIC

Hayley Orrantia was on the set of her hit ABC series The Goldbergs when she first saw him. It was October 2015, and a group of wounded veterans was touring the studio. “I was sitting with Wendi [McLendon-Covey], who plays my mom, and we didn’t know that we were having any visitors that day,” the actress-singer recalls. Introduced to former Marine Brandon Pelletier, Orrantia, 25, noticed he offered his left hand to shake, the result of an injury he suffered in Iraq. “I found him very charming,” she adds. “He was handsome and charismatic and able to draw the attention of the room.” That impression haunts her now.

After starting a long-distance relationship with Pelletier, 32, Orrantia fell deeply in love—only to discover a year and a half later that he was betraying her

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.