Ruby Rose has had quite a meteoric rise to fame in the past year here in the states, where her turn on Orange Is the New Black garnered a whole new fanbase and allowed her the opportunity to live out her dreams. The Australian model/actress now has seven million Instagram followers and over a million on Twitter, where she shares photos and videos of her work and the time she spends with famous friends, including Taylor Swift.
But Rose didn’t always lead such a charmed life. In fact, just a few years ago, she was having a hard time getting through the days. She recently shared a story from that time period with her fans after being reminded of it via an old Twitter post. When a fan sent her the tweet, Rose took to social media to open up about what she went through in the hopes that it will help anyone out there who has hit what they feel is the bottom.
“What a wake up call…I’d be lying if I didn’t say it shook me up…to see it. To be reminded. This feeling, this moment.. When I posted this in relation to abruptly leaving Australia cancelling a string of shows and commitments. I had hit a rock bottom. I couldn’t find happiness anywhere except my dog’s face and even that wasn’t enough. I thought I had failed at being a human being an adult. I didn’t know what to do so I left for America to work with trauma therapists and I spent pretty much all the money I had made in my life on an overpriced rehab and a lot of therapy. (There are definitely other ways to do it)… I slept on a blow up mattress when I got my first apartment in Santa Monica, I adopted a dog before I furnished my place…My dog, Ru, had a bed before me…I don’t want to ramble on, I’m just feeling reflective because I chose to fight and I thought it meant I’d be able to live. I DIDN’T think it meant I’d be able to live my dream. I DIDN’T think it would result in this extraordinary life I get to be a part of now… It just makes me wonder how many others are days, hours, seconds away from realizing their worth…Their potential. And once the dark cloud is lifted will be truly happy and free. #wealldeservetobehere #wealldeservetobehappy,” Rose wrote on Instagram.
Rose has certainly come a long way since those days, but she isn’t going to forget anytime soon the struggle that she went through before her hard work in Hollywood paid off, and neither will her friends. Taylor Swift paid tribute to Rose at the recent GLAAD Awards, where Ruby was honored for her work for LGBTQ rights.
— Ruby Rose Daily (@RubyRoseDaily) April 3, 2016
“I’m here to honor someone who through her words and through her actions proves that she is a force of nature. She tells the world that no one can judge us, and no one can stop us. She is a woman of many talents,” Swift said.
In her acceptance speech, Ruby Rose noted how grateful she is to be able to have a voice for others when, not that long ago, members of the LGBTQ community found it difficult to identify with anyone on television or in movies.
“I’m just so blessed to have experienced both sides of this journey. To have searched endlessly for…someone I can relate to on TV – and then coming full circle and being in a show that I know has done the same thing for so many people. I truly understand how important it is that we are not invisible. That young people everywhere can turn to the media and be included. Not treated like they do not or should not exist,” Ruby Rose said.
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