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Naya Rivera: I Had an Abortion During 'Glee'

The actress says she terminated the pregnancy during a day off from filming



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    File photo of Naya Rivera (L) and Ryan Dorsey (R) arrive at the Raising The Bar To End Parkinson's at Laurel Point on July 27, 2016 in Studio City, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)

    Naya Rivera is an open book.

    In the actress' soon-to-be-published memoir, "Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes and Growing Up," the 29-year-old TV star reveals for the first time she got an abortion in late 2010 while starring on "Glee."

    Rivera discovered she was pregnant just weeks after breaking up with "Justified" actor Ryan Dorsey, whom she later wed in 2014 and is now the father of her 11-month-old son, Josey Dorsey.

    Rivera chose not share the news with Dorsey at the time, instead choosing to focus on her career. The actress says she terminated the pregnancy during a day off from filming.

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    "It was very scary to open up about everything," Rivera said in People's Sept. 5 issue, out Friday. "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."

    After the news was made public (and received some backlash), Rivera took to Twitter to address her past. "I set out to write a book that was true to myself and would hopefully help others along the way. Media will always distort anything," she tweeted. " I hope that you all enjoy my story and respect my good intentions in sharing them with you. Xoxo #sorrynotsorry."

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    In her book Rivera also reveals that she battled anorexia during her teens.

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    "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," she writes in the book, as excerpted by People. "If my mom had packed a lunch for me, I'd either trash it or find some excuse to give it away."

    It wasn't until she began writing a memoir, Rivera says, that she realized the seriousness of her eating disorder.

    "I was so young and it just seemed to be the norm. Everyone was going through similar stuff," she explains. "I had no way of knowing if I was going through it worse. 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."

    Rivera's memoir is out Sept. 13. 

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