Naya Rivera wasn’t always the outlet mall version of Kim Kardashian. She was also once an actress on a very successful show about constantly-singing teenagers called Glee. Naya has written a soon-to-be released memoir called Sorry Not Sorry, because even though she’s only 29, she tells People that she’s “done a lot of living” and is a “79-year-old trapped in a 29-year-old’s body.” One of the things she’s done in her 29 years that she’s sorry not sorry for is having an abortion. She’d also said that it happened during the filming of Glee on one of her days off.
Naya says it happened late in 2010 after getting knocked up by her then-boyfriend (and now husband) Ryan Dorsey. Naya wasn’t ready for that mom life just yet; she had just broken up with Ryan to focus on her career. So she made the decision to not have a baby. The only problem was that she was a little busy filming Glee at the time, so her trip to the clinic had to wait for a day off. She eventually had the abortion, went back to work, and that was that. Four years later, Ryan got Naya pregnant again and gave birth to a son named Josey Dorsey. Naya wrote about it because she thinks people should be having conversations about abortions.
“It was very scary to open up about everything. It’s not something a lot of people talk about, but I think they should. I know some people might read it and say, ‘What the Hell?’ But I hope someone out there gets something out of it.”
Naya also admits in Sorry Not Sorry she was anorexic in her teens, something she only realized after she started writing about it for her book.
Usually people talk about the more attention-grabbing stories when they’re hustling their memoirs, so I’m thinking a day-off abortion and a high school eating disorder are as heavy as Sorry Not Sorry gets. Famous people memoirs are either sad and tragic (see: most memoirs from child stars or kids of famous people) or deliciously dirty (see: One Lifetime Is Not Enough). I hope Naya balances some of the sad and tragic with some scandalous dirt. What I’m saying is, I really want to know if there’s a chapter called “The Many Times A Certain Try-Hard Brunette Was Straight-Up Ignored On The Set Of Glee.”