Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert met on Bachelor in Paradise last summer and got married on ABC’s Bachelor in 20 special in February. Although Jade found true love and happiness with Tanner, she revealed earlier this week that her life wasn’t always this blissful.
The newly-married Jade wrote an emotional post on her blog about being raped as a teen and states that she was inspired by Lady Gaga‘s performance ‘of ‘Til It Happens to You’ at the Oscars last Sunday night.
Jade admits that prior to writing the post, she only shared her heartbreaking story with a few people and she never told her family. Once she watched Gaga and the survivors of sexual assaults on stage at the Oscars, she knew she had to share her story to let others who have gone through a similar experience know that they are not alone.
“I was raped just shy of my 17th birthday. One night I was at a party with some friends and they ended up leaving without me … I remember one guy holding me down while another got on top of me. I remember them driving me home … my dad said he found me in my room on the floor in my underwear, mumbling to him I wasn’t innocent anymore.”
Jade went on to say the experience left her “depressed, anxious and self-loathing” and she thought about hurting herself “several times.” She admits it’s been a “long road to healing” and although she is now happily married, there’s still “a long way to go.”