Gabriela is an illegal immigrant. She was the daughter of Stephanie Douglas's maid Helen Moreno. Thomas Forrester reunited with his former girlfriend who was also Hispanic, Caitlin Ramirez. Their relationship was torn to pieces because of Thomas's good friend Gaby. For Gaby to stay a resident in L.A. and the country Thomas had to marry her. Thomas's parents, Ridge Forrester and Taylor Hamilton had opposing views on this. Ridge wanted an annulment but Taylor was more accepting of their relationship and marriage. Taylor allowed the two to move into the Forrester mansion as long as they don't do anything sexual. They both gave into temptations and did and Thomas's sister Phoebe Forrester found Thomas's protection wrapper. Taylor was enraged and had them contact the immigration department. Taylor and Gaby's bitter rivalry ended when Taylor went to great lengths to keep Gaby in the country and did. Gaby realized Taylor was right about their marriage and ended it. Thomas and Gaby annulled and Gaby left town.