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Rhea Ripley Opens Up About Her Battle With Body Dysmorphia

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Rhea Ripley has bravely opened up about her lifelong battle with body dysmorphia and whether or not she would like to be a mother once her career comes to an end.

Speaking to Lilian Garcia on her Chasing Glory Podcast, ‘The Nightmare’ stated that her insecurities are down to how the media portray beauty

“I feel like I have really bad body dysmorphia. My ex used to say it all the time ’cause I would look at myself in the mirror and say, ‘Oh, I look disgusting.’ He’s like, ‘You got something wrong with you, ’cause you look fine.’ Even Kevin, [my current boyfriend], says, ‘You look great!’ And I’m like, ‘No, look at this bit on my tummy right here. It’s fat.’

I think it was growing up, and watching TV, and looking at magazines – all of that stuff, and you know how all of that is portrayed. I still have a certain way that I want to look, and it’s really difficult because of the touchy subject, but I see a lot of fitness models, and a lot of them are on steroids. I’m like, ‘I don’t ever want to put that crap in my body, like, ever. I hate that.’ I don’t want to die young; I just want to look like them, so, that makes it really hard. I go, ‘Why don’t I look like this? I put so much time and effort into the gym and my legs aren’t growing.'”

Ripley then moved onto the subject of her lifetime struggle with self-harm and how her good friend and on-screen rival, Toni Storm, helped her through one of the darkest periods of her life being a survivor herself:

“We’ve talked a little bit about it. With Toni, I have known her for so long. We’ve been friends since we were 16 years old. I’ve seen the marks and stuff, but I’ve always asked her about them. But she always comes up with different stories for them, so to find out that? I want to say that I’m surprised, but I’m not. I’m glad that we have each other and that we’re both here.”

After she had bravely talked about her struggles with her image and self-harm, Ripley ended the interview on a positive note. When asked if she was hoping to have children one day, the Australian marvel stated her intention to be a mother:

“Oh man, that’s a really tough question. I guess glory just means, like, knowing that I did my best and I got as far as I could. I say it all of the time – I don’t have many goals in this business ’cause I just want to see how far I can get. I feel like once my career is all done and dusted, and I’ve done everything I could have possibly done, then that’s my glory. Then I can live, and have a normal life, and go have kids. I love wrestling, but when that day comes, I’m going back home and I’m starting a family.”

Currently, Rhea Ripley is locked in a battle with Candice LeRae and her cronies who attacked her in the middle of the ring on the November 25 edition of NXT.

As a result, Ripley will team with Shotzi Blackheart, Ember Moon and another to be decided teammate to battle LeRae, Raquel Gonzalez, Dakota Kai and Toni Storm at NXT TakeOver: WarGames on December 6.

Credit for the interview: Chasing Glory

h/t for the transcription: Wrestling Inc.