Years in his stardom and now his stable life, Oscar De la Hoya revealed one of the most traumatic encounters that he silently dealt.
The Golden Boy told the Los Angeles Times that he was raped by an older woman at the age of 13.
“I was raped at 13, from a woman, an older woman,” he told the newspaper. “Thirteen, lost my virginity over being, you know, being raped, basically.”
This took a toll on him, and the only way he to divert the trauma was through fighting.
He did not only suppressed that memory, but at the same time, he became a successful boxer that may have inspired many.
“You suppress everything. You’re living this life, the Golden Boy, but, oh s— wait, that’s still there. Like I never, like, thought about it, I never processed it, I never really thought how my feelings are … until one day it just comes out, and you don’t know how to deal with it,”