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Oscar De La Hoya revealed he had been raped by an “older lady” when he was a teen.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Instances, the 48-year-old boxing legend opened up concerning the traumatic incident for the primary time, claiming it occurred when he was 13 years outdated throughout a event in Hawaii with a lady who was “over 35.” He shared:
“I used to be raped at 13, from a lady, an older lady. 13, misplaced my virginity over being … being raped, principally.”
De La Hoya — who has confronted multiple accusations of sexual assault by a number of ladies through the years, too — mentioned he would use preventing as a brief distraction and by no means took the time to cope with the childhood trauma:
“You suppress every thing. You’re residing this life, the Golden Boy, however, oh s**t, wait, that’s nonetheless there. Like I by no means, like, thought of it, I by no means processed it, I by no means actually thought how my emotions are … till at some point it simply comes out, and also you don’t know the way to cope with it.”
The blended martial artist additionally discovered consolation in medicine and alcohol — one thing most followers know he has struggled with so much for years. He even admitted to commonly consuming within the lead-up to his notorious 2008 combat towards Manny Pacquiao, believing it wouldn’t trigger any hurt to himself as a result of he was consuming high-end purple wines from Napa Valley. And as boxing followers know, simply 4 months after the match, Oscar introduced his retirement from the occupation.
Nonetheless, the “embarrassing” loss nonetheless didn’t quell his substance abuse. It was solely a few 12 months in the past that he realized he was “going to throw [his] life away” and “couldn’t be consuming and doing medicine” — particularly when he determined to return to the game. So how did he kick begin his restoration? Oscar instructed the publication that he took hallucinogenic mushrooms with a shaman in his house:
“The truth that that shaman got here to my life at that exact [time], at that place, it occurred for a purpose. I really feel it saved me.”
It particularly helped heal his difficult relationship together with his mom. Now, the daddy of six is stepping out of retirement to tackle former UFC champion Vitor Belfort on the Staples Middle on September 11 after years of “worry” about returning to the ring:
“I simply lastly mentioned, ‘You realize what? I’m going to do it. I’m going to do it for myself.’”
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