Former porn star Mia Khalifa spent only 3 months in the industry. Yet, the 11 movies she made are still haunting her years later.
Mia went viral for all the wrong reasons. In one of her adult roles, she wore a hijab, and that lead to getting death threats from ISIS.
A Lebanese-American media personality opened up about her past on Alexandra Cooper's Call Her Daddy podcast.
Mia Khalifa on Call Her Daddy
Though she stated many times that she doesn't like to talk about the industry, Mia decided to face her past.
Alex told Mia:
"Everyone that is listening, you may or may not know about that event and we're not here to talk about the event, but after this porn scene goes viral, who was that girl the minute that goes viral?"
"To have the most isolating feeling, you're alone. You have people sending you death threats and your family at the time not supporting you. How did you get here today? A lot of people wouldn't have been able to get through that."
She tried to pretend that her adult industry stunt never happened. Instead, she's working on TV and running an OnlyFans account.
Mia continued her confession on the podcast:
"So, I don't know where I was because that is around the time I started disassociating and just compartmentalizing and pretending like things never happened to the point where I didn't talk about porn for the first like three years after, I just went quiet and never spoke about it."
"Every time I did an interview that was the one thing they were not allowed to ask me about, I refused to acknowledge that I did it and it wasn't until therapy that I realized how detrimental that is."
She couldn't run away from her past:
"I can't just scooch things under the rug and hope that they go away. That's not how that works. You have to face them head-on and talk about them."
Elephant In The Room
Continuing to share her story, the 28 year old said:
"It's that feeling of 'I don't want to talk about it because I don't want to bring attention to it, but I need to talk about it because I need to explain myself because everyone is misinterpreting the whole thing, it's that catch-22 of not wanting to bring it up but needing to bring it up because it's the elephant in the room everywhere you go."
Khalifa once again pointed out that she made almost no money. She also spoke about the apartment she lived in while her video was on everyone's mind:
"It was disgusting, it was so bad, it was cockroach infested, it was the worst time of my entire life."
"I have two million followers on Instagram, everyone thought I was living it up, that was not the case."
In a way to make peace with her past, Mia started several charity auctions and donated $160,000 to a charity at the beginning of the year.
She started her OnlyFans account in September and charges fans $11.99 per month to get to know her better and get some never-seen content. Mia also urges young women to think twice if they have thoughts about entering the adult entertainment industry.
Listen to Mia's story on YouTube: