Debby Ryan is strong, brave and ready to tell her story.
The Disney star recently opened up to Teen Vogue about being the victim domestic violence in a former relationship. The singer clarified that she was abused by a friend, not her ex-boyfriend Josh Dun, the drummer from Twenty One Pilots.
"I wasn't dating this person. This person considered themselves my best friend," Ryan told the magazine. "We also had a professional relationship and it was such emotional manipulation to the point where it became physical, and it stopped before it got too far. The second someone puts their hand on you, a boundary has been crossed. If anyone is feeling manipulated or abused, that's the best it's going to get and you have to fight for yourself now."
The "Jessie" star even went into detail about a specific incident when she feared for her safety.
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"He showed up across the country at a meet-and-greet of mine and said he needed to talk to me," she said. "I hadn't talked to him in a month. I told him to leave my life. So he threw a phone at me and it shattered to pieces and he was screaming, punching the wall and cussing me out. Then he started bawling and said he's sorry and loves me. And then grab[bed] me by the wrist and pull[ed] me in a bathroom and lock[ed] the door."
Debby explained that by the time she got out of the relationship, it "wasn't too late, but it was really, really late in the game," and hopes that her story can help others. "The Never Ending" singer even teamed up with Mary Kay and Love Is Respect for their Don't Look Away campaign to help bring awareness to dating violence.
"I thought I was stronger than that, and it can make you feel weak," she said. "To be able to know that you're worth more than that and fight for yourself is a really difficult thing."