July 28, 2009 01:14 PM by Britteny Elrick
On last week’s dramatic and controversial episode of Real World: Cancun, an out of control fight betweenhousemates resulted in Ayiiia Elizarraras cutting herself. Recently, Ayiiia opened up to Access Hollywoodabout her battle with self- mutilation, one that she’s had since the age of 13.
“It’s a very controversial episode,” Elizarraras told AccessHollywood.com. “There are roommates that are very supportive of the situation and a few that do realize that this is a serious problem. And there are other roommates that just throw the typical, ‘She wants attention, this isn’t serious.’ ”
She continued, “A year-and-a-half before the show, before I went to Cancun, I was very healthy, I was very levelheaded and I was surrounded by people that I love, that support me, so I didn’t really have to get an outlet, to kind of let me get my stress out. But being in Cancun, and living with seven strangers who you have no idea about, they all grew up in different ways, they all have different morals and different beliefs , it was definitely very difficult. And especially being attacked in certain ways , it brought a lot to me.”
“After that situation, I kind of let it go. I started to deal with my stress in a better way. I started working out more, I started taking jogs on the beach, and I started listening to my iPod when I could. I started to draw and paint and tried to let my stress out in different ways ,instead of that,” she told Access.
Since returning home and being out of the extreme “party environment,” Ayiiia says that she’s doing better. “I haven’t relapsed whatsoever. I’m just not put in those situations. I definitely know what to do if I am put in those situations, and I definitely try to let it out in a different way,” she said.
Ayiiia hopes that she will be able to use this struggle to help others. “I have received MySpace, Facebook and Twitter messages about people going through the same thing, and they’re like, ‘I am so glad you brought it out to everyone’s attention,’ ” she continued. “This is something positive that has been brought out, because people sometimes do feel alone and they just need to know that they are not alone. There are so many people dealing with the same thing.”
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