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Naya Rivera Describes Husband Ryan Dorsey’s Reaction to Her Abortion Revelation

Just what she needed to hear. Naya Rivera described husband Ryan Dorsey’s reaction after she told him about her abortion during a Tuesday, September 13, appearance on The Real. According to the Glee alum, 29 — who made the revelation to the public in her newly released book, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up — Dorsey, 33, was more than supportive of her choice.

Naya Rivera
Naya Rivera on ‘The Real’

“Yeah, I mean, I share in the book that, you know, when I had made that decision, I made it by myself and as I feel like, you know, is the case for a lot of women. And I did not share it with Ryan at the time,” she explained on The Real. “And by the time we sort of reconnected and I was like, ‘Gosh, there’s a reason you keep coming back in my life and we keep coming back together.’ And I was like, ‘I have to tell you something.’”

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Ryan Dorsey and Naya Rivera
Ryan Dorsey and Naya Rivera attend the second annual UNICEF Masquerade Ball in 2014. Araya Diaz/WireImage

The actress — who tied the knot with her actor hubby during a romantic Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, wedding ceremony in July 2014 — added: “You know, I put in the book, like, verbatim what he said, and I think it was the kindest and the best thing that any man could have ever said in that situation. And it just made me love him that much more, so I’m thankful for that.”

In her book, Rivera wrote that she took a pregnancy test shortly after breaking up with Dorsey several years ago. The test came back positive, and she discovered that she was four weeks along. Rather than tell her then-estranged beau about the pregnancy, she hid it from him and drove with her mom to a Planned Parenthood center in Pasadena, California, to get an “abortion pill.”

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Naya Rivera
Naya Rivera’s ‘Sorry Not Sorry’

“It was the worst experience of my life,” she shares in the memoir. “It was incredibly painful — your body is basically in labor with strong, frequent contractions. I was nauseous and kept going in and out of consciousness because of the pain.”

When Rivera mustered up the courage to tell Dorsey about the heartbreaking ordeal once they reignited their romance, she was pleasantly surprised by his response.

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“He said, you know, in the short time that we dated, I wish that I could have done something to make you feel like you could have trusted me with that information because I would have loved to have been there with you,’” she recounted on The Real. “And I was like, ‘God, that’s amazing. Thank you so much.’”

Watch the video above. Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up is on shelves now.

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