Alexa Bliss on the fight with a T-shirt to cope with an eating disorder, occurring during a pandemic

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Alexa Bliss spoke with Sports Illustrated for a new interview on her story with eating disorders, the WWE race during the COVID-19 pandemic and more.

On its WrestleMania story: “I had a lot of incredible opportunities at WrestleMania, including hosting last year. I entered as a champion in my first two WrestleManias, but had a streak losing my title at WrestleMania. This year, I didn’t lose a title, I won one. I’m looking forward to WrestleMania with all of our fans, but opening the series with Nikki was a lot of fun. “

About her eating disorder: “I take it day by day. Faced with eating disorders, anxiety and depression, I am no stranger to mental illness. Every few years, I face a very bad episode of depression. You should know that it doesn’t have to go beyond your life. Mental illness can dictate a person’s entire life. I put myself in the position of being in the public eye, but I do what I love. I went to therapy, I did everything I could to put my brain in a healthy place. “

On the support of his parents: “My parents supported everything and everything I wanted to do from day one. I wanted to be a gymnast, so they found gymnastics lessons for me. My father coached my softball team. I wanted to applaud, and they also supported me there. They have always been there for me. When I signed up with WWE, I wanted to give it back. I bought them a house down the street in Florida. They watch all my matches, they were there for the title wins. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. “

On the way she manages her disorder: “There are certain things I still do – I always wear my t-shirt when I am struggling. One is to promote merch because I think it’s cute, and two is because I will always be that shy person. But I don’t let him dictate my life as before. An eating disorder is something that never leaves you, so it’s important to have this support system. Until two years ago, I was terrified of being near gummy bears. There was a night when I was behind the scenes of a show, and there were gummy cubs there. I was telling Tyler Breeze how it is a trigger food for me, and over the weeks he has helped me eat gelatin cubs. It was a little while, but it was very important to me. I need it, and that’s what I tried to do on Fight Like A Girl for Holly. I contacted her a week ago and she is still fine. “

To continue to perform during the pandemic: “If we can help people escape reality for a few minutes, it’s worth it. This is a very unfortunate situation that is happening in the world right now, so I am trying to stay positive. WWE takes every precaution to make sure everyone at our shows is safe. For me, it’s also good to be able to spend time at home with my family and my animals. It’s my positive way of looking at it. “



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