If you don’t live in New York, you might not know that the New York Post – though a major newspaper – is considered to be one step above a tabloid. But that’s okay, because they got a hold of UFC superstar Ronda Rousey’s new biography and pretty much gave us the juicy parts in Cliff Notes form.
Her mother refused to let her live at home without a job. So, at 18, she went to live with a trainer who stole what little money she had. She found an older boyfriend who lived in his parents’ basement, cheated on her constantly, and told her that, physically, she was “about a six.”
All that discipline felt suffocating, and she wanted a year off, as she writes, “to party.”
Her $10,000 prize money ran out quickly, and she got a job bartending at a theme place in Los Angeles.
Rousey began smoking and drinking heavily, often beginning her day with a cigarette and a vodka espresso. She developed a pot-and-Vicodin habit. She’d sleep in her car, and when she did find an apartment, all she could afford was a 12-by-12-foot studio.
“On more than one occasion,” she writes, “sewage would come up out of the toilet and shower, and I’d come home from work to an apartment filled with s- -t. I didn’t think I could get any lower.”
Yikes. Turns out Rousey was living a pretty crappy life for a while there.