Ex-WWE star shares moment she discovered her sex tape leak: 'I didn't really want to be alive any more'
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Former WWE star Saraya-Jade Bevis has said she 'didn’t really want to be alive anymore' after private images and video leaked online in 2017.
Her retirement came one year after photos and videos of her engaged in sex acts were posted online; an ordeal she opened up about when she joined Renee Paquette on her podcast The Sessions.
She continued: "The person that I was with at the time showed me a picture on Twitter. I was just like ‘Oh my God.’ I was like, ‘Is that real?’ because I couldn’t believe it was real at first.
"I was f**king 19 years old, and I was completely f**king mortified. I ran out of the house. I ran. I just kept f**king running.”
Bevis revealed she quite literally hid in a bush for fear that people would recognise her and know what had happened, with the ordeal coming at a time when she was battling substance abuse issues with cocaine and alcohol.
“I’d never wish that upon anyone, because that’s the most vulnerable part of you," she continued. "I felt so stupid to have trusted this person at the time.
"I’ve never done it since. That was a f**king lesson, I’ve learned, and I’ll never be caught dead doing it again.
“I felt so f**king stupid, and so embarrassed, and was I already like a f**king coke head at this time, and loved to drink, and that really f**king got me to rock bottom where I didn’t really want to be alive anymore, dude."
The wrestler remembered being 'so f**king sad' and dreading that her dad would be disappointed with her.
"I remember being like, ‘if my dad is disappointed with me, I don’t think I could be here anymore'," she said.
She called her dad, still while hiding in the bush, and said she was 'so sorry'.
He asked her what she was sorry for and pointing out: “You had sex. Everyone’s done it. Unfortunately you’re just in the public eye. It is what it is. You’ve got to suck it up."
Bevis' dad admitted it was 'gonna hurt for a little bit' and that people would 'make fun' of her, but made clear: "I just want you to know that I’m still proud of you and I’m not disappointed.”
Her dad's response 'instantly changed' the way she was feeling, and when her brother had a similar reaction she knew she was going to be okay.
Despite having announced her retirement, Bevis said on the podcast she feels 'fantastic' now and said if she were to return to the ring, 'it would be for a really big moment, to wrestle'.
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