Camila Mendes revealed she was drugged and sexually assaulted during her freshman year in college.
The Riverdale star covers the October issue of Women’s Health, in which she talked about the painful experience for the first time. “I had a very, very bad experience,” she said. “I was roofied by someone who sexually assaulted me.”
The magazine noted that Mendes’ voice began to tremble when the topic was brought up. Though she didn’t give any more details, she did say her “to build a home” tattoo — which she got after the incident happened — serves as an important reminder “to strengthen both her sense of self and the environment around her.”
Elsewhere in her interview, the 25-year-old also addressed her ongoing battle with bulimia, admitting she’s “only recently kinda got better” after seeking help from both a therapist and nutritionist.
“It’s something that’s still a curse to me. It’s not like that ever goes away,” Mendes told the outlet. “Whenever I do feel insecure, I go back to health. What can I do that’s healthy? Health is what’s important, not appearance. That mentality is what takes me out of the insecure, anxious thoughts.”
“When I was a teenager, there were no role models when it came to body positivity. That simply was not a thing. Being thin was the thing,” she added. “It’s health that’s important, not appearance.”