During a recent appearance on the Chasing Glory podcast, NXT star Shotzi Blackheart heartbreakingly opened up about being sexually abused by her uncle as a child, and how her father helped her through it.
Shotzi revealed during the show that wrestling has been a form of “therapy” for her. Here’s exactly what the former EVOLVE star had to say about her experiences as a child:
“I had a pretty rough childhood, to be honest. I bounced around from like, my mom’s to my dad’s and to my friend’s house at a real young age. I dealt with a lot of sexual abuse for like, years. When I finally came out about it – I came out to my middle school counselor – [my uncle] went to jail. He’s still in jail now. But when I came out about it, some of my family didn’t believe me. But my dad really helped me through it, and so did musical theater. That’s why I liked performing so much – it was a big outlet for me. That was my therapy.”
“I know that so many girls deal with this; it’s like a crazy amount. I encourage girls to come to me and talk about it because I’m so open with it.”
This is obviously an incredibly hard situation for anyone to go through, so hats off to Shotzi Blackheart for coming forward and publicly speaking about it in the hope that she can help others going through similar things.
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Thanks to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.