Listen to Goldbergs Star Hayley Orrantia’s New Song About Her Grief After Ex-Boyfriend's Betrayal
The new single, "If I Don't," is off Hayley Orrantia's new EP, The Way Out, which details her grieving process: "It was heartbreaking"
Writing music has been “the best therapy” for Hayley Orrantia.
The Goldbergs star, 25, is releasing her first single, “If I Don’t,” off her new EP, The Way Out, which reflects her grieving process after her ex-boyfriend of one-and-a-half years, former Marine Brandon Pelletier, betrayed her. Listen to the single here.
“It was heartbreaking,” Orrantia tells PEOPLE exclusively in this week’s issue of Pelletier stealing almost $9,000 through fraudulent credit card charges and bank withdrawals. “I thought we were going to get married.”
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In December 2017, Pelletier, 32, was taken into custody in Texas and released on bond. He received four years of deferred probation. (His attorney declined to comment for this story.)
“He didn’t spend any time in jail, but he has to pay me restitution,” Orrantia says. “So I got that. I kept asking myself, ‘Why do I need to do this?’ And really it’s for myself. It’s the fact that I’ve always been a truth teller.”
The songs on Orrantia’s new EP reflect her journey through the betrayal to acceptance.
“I had this vision of doing it as the five stages of grief,” she says. “The more I thought about it, I realized I’ve gone through every phase.”
Even though she knows that her own experience is “very specific and unique,” Orrantia hopes she can help others by sharing her story.
“I know that it’s relatable,” adds the singer-actress. “And hopefully it will move people.”