Disney star Debby Ryan is speaking out and sharing about an abusive relationship that she went through in the past. On Tuesday, People shared what she had to say about it all. This actress speaking out could help other people to be brave enough to reach out and get help in the future.
Ryan spoke out to People and said, “It was a couple years ago, and things were seemingly amazing. Career-wise, they were great, and in general life they were great. But then I was in a friendship – kind of a working relationship – and it ended up becoming more and more destructive, and getting emotionally and mentally abusive.”
She revealed that it took her a while to even realize what was happening to her. Ryan shared, “I was like, ‘I’m a powerful woman and I’m a producer.’ I never thought that this was happening to me, and it was absolutely happening to me. It was kind of late in the game by the time I realized that this was not healthy, that this was not a good situation and that I was in a relationship that in nature was abusive.”
Ryan says that she was not even romantically involved with the person who was abusing her. He didn’t like to let her go and hang out with other people and one time even refusing to let her leave. This was someone she has known for years. The person even tried to move in with her and she instead bought him a nearby hotel room. It went on for months and people around her didn’t even know what was going on. She wants everyone to have healthy and happy relationships.