After returning to Salem in 2015, Claire began to hang out with her aunt Ciara Brady, cousin Joey Johnson, and close family friend Theo Carver. The “Days of Our Lives” youths formed a quick bond, per Soap Central. However, things took a sour turn when Claire began to develop feelings for Theo, who was Ciara’s best friend. Claire and Theo eventually began dating and Ciara got jealous, realizing that she also had feelings for Theo. Ciara wrote Theo a letter confessing her feelings, but Claire intercepted it. When Theo didn’t respond to the letter, Ciara left Salem out of heartbreak. However, a later misunderstanding caused Theo and Claire to end their relationship, and Claire gave Theo his letter from Ciara.
Ciara eventually returned home to find herself feeling very angry toward Claire. All the while, Claire had befriended Tripp, who eventually moved into the apartment that she, Ciara, Joey, and Theo had shared at one time or another. Tripp fell hard for Claire, who was still had feelings for Theo at the time. However, Ciara’s return made the entire situation even more complicated, per Celeb Dirty Laundry. Ciara was so angry about what Claire had done to keep her and Theo apart that she vowed to ruin her niece’s life. One step in doing this was to steal the affection of Tripp.