UFC's Paige VanZant opens up about bullying, contemplating suicide as teen

Paige VanZant
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UFC fighter Paige VanZant says she was bullied and sexually assaulted in highschool and even contemplated suicide at one level however believes “preventing saved my life,” she revealed in an interview with ABC Information that aired Tuesday on “Good Morning America.”

“I did not have anyplace to run to, I did not have anyone to show to,” VanZant stated of the bullying. “[It was] dangerous sufficient that I needed to run into the toilet, and I might eat my lunch on the bathroom … as a result of I simply felt too scared to eat lunch within the cafeteria.”

Selling her new memoir, “RISE: Surviving the Battle of My Life,” VanZant, 24, says she was sexually assaulted at a celebration when she was solely 14.

“Once I walked within the door of (the) home I used to be like … this in all probability is not such a good suggestion,” she recalled of the night time she says “modified” her.

VanZant claims the bullying at college in Dayton, Ore., solely worsened when her classmates came upon about the alleged assault, pushing her to think about suicide as a result of “I did not see another means out.”

She solely just lately opened up to her mother and father about what she went by way of, however she stated combined martial arts served as a refuge.

“MMA preventing saved my life,” she stated. “It saved who I used to be as an individual too.”

At simply 20, she joined UFC in 2014 and gained her first three fights as a flyweight. She has struggled within the octagon since, dropping three of 4 bouts.

However she says she has gained confidence as a fan favourite on “Dancing With the Stars” after which seeing different ladies talking out in current months as the “Me Too” and “Time’s Up” actions have gathered momentum.