Former WWE Superstar Melina Perez: My LGBTQ Friends Helped Me Through Being Bullied
Huffington Post - 10 months
Melina Perez knows more about bullying than most might expect. During her red-hot World Wrestling Entertainment career, fans saw “Melina,” a confident, conniving superstar. Behind-the-scenes, though, gossip and innuendo undermined the five-time champion’s self-esteem and made her question her pro wrestling dreams.
“I wanted to be a role model, and a series of events took it away from me,” the iconic grappler told Party Foul Radio with Pollo & Pearl during an emotional interview promoting her upcoming April 29-30 appearance at RuPaul’s DragCon.
Prior to speaking with Podomatic’s No. 1 LGBT Podcast, Perez watched the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. According to the Diva, the drama tracing factors including online bullying and sexual assault which lead to a teen girl’s suicide brought back “painful” memories.
“That was my experience as an adult, that’s the sad thing,” she confessed. “Now that I’m reaching 40, I have better awareness and ways of coping. In my 20s, I couldn’t...
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