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Naya Rivera’s Memoir Talks About Abortion And Anorexia

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Actor Naya Rivera is getting very real and personal in her upcoming memoir, “Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes and Growing Up.” The former “Glee” star opens up about her personal struggles and triumphs in the tell-all book, including her abortion in 2010 and her battle with anorexia after her parents’ divorce. For Latinos, the topic of abortion is something that can be very divisive, which is why people on social media are praising the Puerto Rican star for being so candid and open about her personal life.

Rivera took to Twitter to explain why she was releasing the memoir.


And she is really opening up in a way very few people actually do.

One of the major points is her battle with anorexia.


“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,” Rivera writes about her eating disorder, according to PEOPLE. “If my mom had packed a lunch for me, I’d either trash it or find some excuse to give it away.”

Rivera reveals that her eating disorder stemmed from the pain of watching her parents’ relationship deteriorate.

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Rivera’s frustration with her stalled acting career compounded her problems, but she wasn’t quite sure how bad her disorder had gotten. “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,” Rivera told PEOPLE. “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.”

She also admits to having an abortion in late 2010 after breaking up with her then boyfriend and now husband Ryan Dorsey.

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Rivera took her one day off from shooting “Glee” to secretly get her abortion with Dorsey’s knowledge.

“It was very scary to open up about everything,” Rivera told 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 people are offering Rivera all kinds of praise and support, from the president of Planned Parenthood…

…to fans that have also had abortions and faced the stigma.

All Rivera is looking to do is share her story, which is more common than most people are willing to admit.

(H/T: PEOPLE)


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15 Things You Should Take From Mom's House Before Moving To College

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15 Things You Should Take From Mom’s House Before Moving To College

Now that it’s back-to-school season and you’re moving away from home, here are the essentials every Latino needs to survive college without mamá y papá…

1. A veladora or two.

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When you get that first stack of assignments, lighting a velita is the only way to get through it all. Get a Morrissey one to be extra #blessed.

2. Vaporú

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It will cure every ailment, so there will be no excuse that you need to skip that sociology lecture.

3. A stash of napkins…and other junk.

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You know that junk drawer you’ve got at home full of old soy sauce packets, napkins and straws from every restaurant you’ve ever been in? Start a new collection of those. These weird habits will all finally make sense and come in handy at the right times.

4. Fabuloso✨


Your mom will probably be right in telling you that your roommate will never keep your new place as clean as the house you grew up in.

5. That towel abuelita embroidered with your name.

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Your roommate won’t be able to use the excuse that she accidentally grabbed your towel… unless she can’t read.

6. Containers in every size.


We don’t necessarily mean the Tupperware brand. You probably never understood why your mom had so many bizarre containers for everything, but you’ll soon realize they’re perfect for taking lunch to class, storage and hiding your good food from your roomies in the unassuming butter tub. ?

7. A plentiful stash of aluminum foil.


Our parents used foil in every way possible, and you’ll need something to wrap up those old pizza slices, curl your hair, wash your dishes… you get the point.

8. An emergency sewing kit inconspicuously hidden in a Danish cookie tin.

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You’ll need a quick fix when you pop that button after your Freshman 15. ? Plus, it could make for the perfect way to prank your roommates.

9.  Chocolate Abuelita and conchas.


You’re in college now. Who has time to actually cook breakfast??

10. A cobija San Marcos.


When that roommate keeps your room at 53 degrees, you’ll need your massive tiger blanket to keep you nice and warm, just like home.

11. Hot sauce and adobo in every flavor.


You might not be getting mom’s home cooked meals anymore, but you can make sure your meals are flavored just as they are at home, with Valentina, Cholula and a little Goya adobo. You’ll thank me when you’re sitting in your dorm eating cup of noodles with Tapatío.

12. Chancletas and a bata.


When you’re busy studying, comfort is of utmost importance. Las chanclas also double as a good shower shoe if you have a communal dorm shower. Your mami didn’t make you obsess about cleanliness your whole life for nothing now, did she?

13. A mal de ojo bracelet.

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When you’re trying to succeed in college, you do not need anything trying to kill your vibe. Evil can kindly GTFO.

14. A photo with your immediate family.

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You know, to make sure you don’t forget all of them.

15. Most importantly, an unlimited data/text plan.


Being away from Latino parents for the first time means a lot of phone calls and texting, so make sure you have a good plan to assure them that you’re still alive and well fed. You know how mom assumes the worst when you don’t answer the phone.


READ: You’d Think Latino Parents Would Be Happy We’re Moving Away To College, But Noooo…

What else do you think you need to survive when you’re away at college for the first time? Let us know below!

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