Mia Khalifa recently spoke out about how she felt pressured into joining the adult film industry by her ex-husband.
Even though she was only active in the industry for a short period of three months, the 30-year-old former adult star became one of the biggest names in the business. She gained an enormous following with over 27.6 million followers on Instagram and a whopping 37.3 million fans on TikTok.
Since leaving the industry, she has successfully transitioned into being an influencer, author, and podcaster.
You can check out the video where Mia Khalifa talks about her ex-husband below...
But she has been very open and honest about how she was manipulated into joining the adult film industry.
During an episode of Steven Bartlett's Diary of a CEO podcast, Mia Khalifa, who now goes by her birth name Sarah Joe Chamoun, shared her story about being in an abusive relationship in the past.
The former adult star mentioned that the person involved was "grooming" her, which unfortunately is something that many girls experience during their late teenage years.
"I got talked into eloping to Las Vegas four days after my 18th birthday," she recalls.
"I didn't have a sense of self so I attached myself to someone who was more than happy to abuse that and someone who could see that and see someone easily manipulatable."
"But at the same time [I was] eager to please. It was just the perfect storm."
Afterwards, she reveals that it was actually her partner who pushed her into entering the adult film industry. She says that he introduced her to that world and even encouraged her to get involved.
Khalifa was approached by someone connected to the industry who gave her their contact information.
When she showed it to her husband, who was serving in the US Army back then, he seemed enthusiastic about the idea.
However, she later realized that his support was due to his fetishization of the industry and not because he genuinely understood her feelings or aspirations.
"I even feel weird calling it a relationship, because the dynamic was not one of a relationship – it was more one of someone who saw a toy to play with," she continued.
After departing from the industry, she has become exceptionally outspoken about the working conditions and has even gone to the extent of earnestly urging women to refrain from joining it.
In a TikTok post dated 2020, Khalifa uploaded a video where she appeared disinterested and disheartened.
The video included the following caption:
"That hourly dissociative attack from remembering hundreds of millions of people's only impression of you is solely based on the lowest, most toxic, most uncharacteristic three months of your life when you were 21."
At that time, she further expounded on this matter through an Instagram story, expressing that her 11 films would continue to haunt her for the duration of her life. She fervently expressed her desire to spare another girl from experiencing the same ordeal.
"Long story short: don't do p***. And if you do, don't do it with a company. Do it for yourself, on your own terms," Khalifa shared.
"And if you consume p***, make sure it's ethical and not from giant corporations who profit off exploiting women."
"Like your groceries, shop local and direct from the creators."
Khalifa was only in 11 movies when she was in the industry.
But those movies made her super famous and she's still known as one of the most well-known names in the business.
Even though she had a big reputation, it's surprising that she was only paid $12,000 for all her hard work.