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Gabrielle Union Raped At 19, What She Is Saying About The Traumatic Experience

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Gabrielle Union seems to have it all; great looks, a great career and a fiance who loves her dearly. What fans may not know is that the star’s success is a product of her being a strong survivor following a traumatic incident as a teen.

During Monday’s episode of The View, Union candidly shared with the hosts that she was raped at gunpoint at the age of 19 while working at Payless shoe store. During the emotional interview, Union described the scary encounter and explained that she was not going to let the situation control her life.

“Being a victim is so comfortable,” she said on Monday’s show. “When something catastrophic happens in your life, everyone rallies around you. You’re getting all of the attention and love and support that you’ve always wanted, but it’s not for something positive. And I hated that. I hated feeling like a victim. I hated the cloak of victim-hood. I was like, ‘I want to embrace being a survivor.'”

She added, “I wasn’t raised to be coddled. I was raised to be an independent woman, standing on my own two feet, and that’s the road I opted to take.”

When HipHollywood spoke to Union after President Obama appointed her to the National Advisory Committee for Violence Against Women in 2011, the Being Mary Jane star was excited to be able to help other survivors.

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Reality Show Curse Strikes Again? Lyrica Anderson & A1 May Be Searching For A Storyline, Not A Separation

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Here we go again. Another reality TV couple bites the dust … or gets hella dramatic on social media in order to secure a new storyline. You decide!

Love and Hip Hop: Hollywood star Lyrica Anderson had everyone talking when she took to Snapchat to post this little message.

The singer/songwriter outed her husband A1 Bentley as a cheater and vowed that she was #single … all on Snapchat. We’re calling BS, and here’s why — Princess Love. This whole “my man is cheating so I’m outing him on social media” must be in the Love & Hip Hop playbook. Ray J’s wife pulled the same stunt just a few weeks ago and we all know how that ended … with them back together. Honestly, this happens every season, and every season we fall for it. Well, no more.

Lyrica, we know you just put out new music and you want everyone to hear it, but this ain’t the way, sis. And A1, nice try with the whole, “I’m going to delete all her pics on IG” move, but we’ve been here, done that. We not falling for these antics anymore so it would be really dope if y’all would stop playing games and just be a happy married couple. Save the forced drama for Joseline Hernandez.

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