Debby Ryan‘s life may seem perfect on the outside, but even she has experienced an abusive relationship.
“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. 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,” the 21-year-old Jessie actress shared to People.
“He chased me out of the room, grabbed me, put me back in the room, and followed me to my car and took my keys,” Debby recalled about her friend, who she was not romantically involved with. “I was like, ‘Okay, fine, get in the car, you can come with me.’ He was like, ‘No, you’re going to drive away and leave me here.’ He ended up grabbing my keys and holding on to my wrists and crawling into the passenger side from my driver’s side [so I couldn't drive away].”
She added, “I realized I’d done everything that I could do. It’s not my purpose to sacrifice my own happiness and sacrifice my own mental health so that this guy doesn’t overdose. I called someone and had someone go and be with him, and I removed myself from the situation and realized he’s no longer mine to deal with.”
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