Naya Rivera Reveals She Had an Abortion While Filming ‘Glee’

In her upcoming memoir Sorry Not Sorry, Naya Rivera reveals painful truths about her past, including her decision to have an abortion while filming Glee and her struggles with anorexia.

“I’ve done a lot of living,” the actress explains in a recent interview with People. “I’m a 79-year-old trapped in a 29-year-old’s body.”

In late 2010, Rivera reveals that she realized she was pregnant with Ryan Dorsey’s child just weeks after the couple broke up. She had plans to focus on her career, but later married him in 2014 and the two became parents not long after. Rivera did not tell Dorsey about the pregnancy at the time and terminated it during her one day off from filming an episode of Glee.

“It was very scary to open up about everything,” she says. “It’s not something a lot of people talk about, but I think they should. I know some people might read it and say, ‘What the Hell?’ But I hope someone out there gets something out of it.”

She elaborates, “I hope Josey [my 11-month-old son] will read it one day. I hope it gives him a better perspective on the issues women face.”

Rivera also discussed her unhealthy relationship with food, which eventually transformed into a full-blown eating disorder.”By the time I was a sophomore, I started feeling that what had begun as a game had maybe gone too far. I just avoided food at all costs,” she writes in Sorry Not Sorry. “If my mom had packed a lunch for me, I’d either trash it or find some excuse to give it away.”

Once she started writing her memoir, Rivera realized the severity of her eating disorder. “I was so young and it just seemed to be the norm. Everyone was going through similar stuff. I had no way of knowing if I was going through it worse. I was juggling my feelings and it makes me sad that there are girls still going through that 15 years after I went through it.”

While the memories were painful to cover, Rivera made sure to discuss serious subjects in hopes of comforting other women and letting them know they aren’t alone in their struggles.

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