Shotzi Blackheart has become a popular star in NXT in recent months and is currently set to lead her own team at War Games against Team Candice LeRae next month.
Blackheart was a guest on Lilian Garcia’s Chasing Glory podcast recently where the star was able to open up about her upbringing which was where she suffered abuse at the hands of her own uncle.
“I had a pretty rough childhood, to be honest. I bounced around from like, my mom’s to my dad’s and to my friend’s house at a real young age. I dealt with a lot of sexual abuse for like, years. When I finally came out about it – I came out to my middle school counselor – [my uncle] went to jail. He’s still in jail now. But when I came out about it, some of my family didn’t believe me. But my dad really helped me through it, and so did musical theater. That’s why I liked performing so much – it was a big outlet for me. That was my therapy.”
“I know that so many girls deal with this; it’s like a crazy amount. I encourage girls to come to me and talk about it because I’m so open with it.”
Blackheart has always been open about the trauma that she went through while growing up, which she hopes will inspire other victims to come forward.