Giuliana Rancic has opened up about being in an abusive relationship when she was 16 years old.
The television personality documents the devastating experience in her new book, Going Off Script: How I Survived A Crazy Childhood, Cancer, and Clooney’s 32 On-Screen Rejections.
“I was 16, I was already lacking self esteem like a lot of young girls to begin with, and I got into a relationship with a boy that I thought was better than me,” Rancic told E! News.
“Not long after we started dating, he became very, very verbally abusive to me. And then it led to, literally, making me look in the mirror and saying, ‘Look at you. Look how ugly you are. No one will ever love you.’ And the reason I ended up writing about it is because – and I’ve never revealed this – but to this day, I still hear his voice say it to me.”
But Rancic has inspiring words for others going through similar experiences: “It’s just important to know that it’s not how you get kicked down, it’s how you recover. I look back at my weaknesses as a teenage girl, I realise that my weaknesses back then are my power today.”