The Glee actress terminated a pregnancy in 2010
Naya Rivera has opened up about an incredibly difficult time in her life.
In her new memoir Sorry Not Sorry, the actress – who played Santana Lopez in Glee – details her decision to have an abortion.
Naya, 29, discovered she was expecting actor Ryan Dorsey’s child in late 2010 – just weeks after breaking up with him.
Due to their split, she chose to ‘put her career first’, and terminated the pregnancy during a day off from filming Glee.
Ryan wasn’t informed at the time. However, they ended up getting married in 2014 and now have 11-month-old son Josey together.
Naya’s admitted that she was ‘scared’ to share her story, telling People: ‘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.’
And of the book – which also tackles her battle with anorexia – she says: ‘I hope Josey will read it one day. I hope it gives him a better perspective on the issues women face.’
Unfortunately, Naya has received some criticism over her revelations.
But she’s since hit back on Twitter, explaining: ‘I set out to write a book that was true to myself and would hopefully help others along the way. Media will always distort anything.
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‘I hope that you all enjoy my story and respect my good intentions in sharing them with you. Xoxo ❤️❤️ #sorrynotsorry.’
Since then, the majority of comments have been positive.
One reads: ‘Thank u @NayaRivera for sharing. I felt no shame when I had my abortion but the world tried to force me to. women like u are so helpful.’
Another says: ‘Thank you @NayaRivera for sharing your abortion story – shattering stigma & shame that isolate & silence too many. ?.’
Sorry Not Sorry is on sale on 13 September.