Countless people have been victims of domestic violence, and Disney star Debby Ryan is one of them.
The 21-year-old star of Jessie has bravely opened up to ‘Teen Vogue’ about her personal experience and how she luckily walked away from the situation.
“People that demand your password and always look over your shoulder, ask who you’re texting, and grab your phone and let themselves in — that’s not okay,” she told the mag.
“The time I decided to get out wasn’t too late, but it was really, really late in the game. I’m very fortunate because I had people help me get this person out of my life, out of my house — like physically lock the door.”
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Though the redhead beauty does not divulge the man’s name, she says their relationship was strictly platonic and the person considered himself her “best friend.”
Debby celebrating the 100th episode of ‘Jessie’ in February. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“We had a professional relationship and it was such emotional manipulation to the point where it became physical, and it stopped before it got too far,” she said.
“The second someone puts their hand on you, a boundary has been crossed. If anyone is feeling manipulated or abused, that’s the best it’s going to get and you have to fight for yourself now.”
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During one of the many scary interactions, he flew across the country to see her and demanded she talk to him.
“I hadn’t talked to him in a month. I told him to leave my life. So he threw a phone at me and it shattered to pieces and he was screaming, punching the wall, and cussing me out,” Debby recalled. “Then he started bawling and said he’s sorry and loves me.”
Having experienced an abusive relationship firsthand, she’s joined forces with Mary Kay’s Don’t Look Away program — which focuses on helping women in similar situations.
Debby spoke to 'Teen Vogue.'
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