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Naya Rivera: 'My husband Ryan Dorsey was supportive of my abortion'

Published 13/09/2016

Naya Rivera and Ryan Dorsey
Naya Rivera and Ryan Dorsey

The actress initially kept the abortion secret from husband Ryan Dorsey.

Naya Rivera is thankful her husband Ryan Dorsey was supportive of her decision to have an abortion.

The 29-year-old star has opened up about the difficult time in her upcoming memoir, Sorry Not Sorry, revealing she discovered she was pregnant weeks after breaking up with Ryan in late 2010, so she could concentrate on her acting and singing career.

Naya opted not to tell Ryan, and then quietly terminated the pregnancy during a day off from shooting an episode of musical series Glee, in which she played Santana Lopez.

Naya is now happily married to Ryan and the couple has an 11-month-old son called Josey, and she reveals when she finally opened up to him about her tough decision, he was nothing but supportive.

"He said, 'Uh you know, in the short time that we dated, I wish that I could have done something to make you feel like you could have trusted me with that information, because I would have loved to have been there with you'," she said during an appearance on TV show The Real, "and I was like, 'God, that's amazing, thank you so much'."

"I think it was the kindest and best thing that any man could have ever said in that situation," she continued. "It just made me love him that much more, so I thank him for that."

While Ryan was supportive of Naya's choice, the actress did worry she would face backlash about going public about the abortion.

"I knew that in sharing my story, I would be judged for the decision I made," she previously wrote in an essay for USAToday, "but I wanted to let other women facing the same difficult decision know that they weren't alone."

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