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WWE lesbian wrestler Sonya Deville offers advice on coming out: ‘Do it’

WWE lesbian wrestler Sonya Deville offers advice on coming out: ‘Do it’

Sonya Deville

Sonya Deville (real name Daria Berenato) came out as a lesbian live on national television three years ago.

It all happened during a televised Tough Enough competition.

‘Mandy and I were both on the show,’ she recalled to Sky Sports. ‘During the preliminary taping of the first premiere episode, they asked me if I was in a relationship.

‘I had a girlfriend at the time,’ she said.

Sonya Deville
Sonya Deville. | Photo: Ralph Arvesen / Flickr

Deville then explained: ‘I thought “What do I do… well, tell the truth, right?” So I said, “Yeah, I have a girlfriend, but she’s not my wife yet”.

‘I got nervous, and they all started smiling.

‘I said “Oh my god, I just came out on national television”. And Triple H replied “Yeah you did!”

‘I just came back with, “Oh well, that’s that!”‘

Sonya Deville on coming out: ‘Do it’

And now she’s offering advice to other people struggling with their sexuality.

‘It was one of those spontaneous moments,’ she said. ‘It truly wasn’t planned, but I’m so grateful that it happened because after that, it not only gave me a new realization of what it means to be open and true to myself, but I feel like it helped me inspire other people.

‘If you’re scared to do it, my advice would be do it, because it was the best thing that ever happened.

‘I’m not saying there’s not going to be trials and tribulations along the way, but in the end, the best life you can live is the life where you’re true to yourself,’ she said.

H/T: Sky Sports

Update: A previous version of this article used a photo of Ruby Riott.

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