Paige has revealed she “didn’t want to be alive anymore” after nude photos and sexually explicit videos of the star leaked onto the internet in 2017.
At the beginning of 2017, Paige was at a low point in her life. A serious neck injury had required surgery, leaving her unable to wrestle since the previous June. While she was out of action, she violated WWE’s wellness policy twice and was in the midst of a publicly tumultuous relationship with Alberto Del Rio.
Then, in March 2017, things reached rock bottom for the star as a series of nude photos and sexually explicit videos featuring her were leaked onto the internet.
Speaking on The Sessions with Renee Paquette Paige opened up about the aftermath of the leak. She said that at the time she was a “cokehead” who “loved a drink” and admitted that she “didn’t want to be alive anymore”.
“It was just the most awful moment of my life. Like I couldn’t believe it was real at first because I was like, f*cking 19, and I was like completely f*cking mortified. I ran out the house and I just kept f*cking running dude. I never wish that upon anyone because that’s the most vulnerable part of you.
“It’s just like on the internet. I felt so f*cking stupid and I felt so embarrassed and I was already like a f*cking cokehead at this time and loved to drink and sh*t like that. So I was like feeling like and that really f*cking got me at rock bottom where I just like was I didn’t want to be alive anymore dude, it’s f*cking awful. I just was so f*cking sad.”
Paige returned to the ring in November 2017. However, her comeback was cut short when she suffered another neck injury before the year was out. The first-ever NXT Women’s Champion officially retired from the ring in April 2018, but remained with WWE until July 2022 when her contract expired.
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