Former adult film actress Mia Khalifa’s Lebanese Catholic family disowned her after they found out that she was in this industry.
Khalifa recently appeared on BBC Hard Talk and spoke about how her entrance into the adult film world was as a result of rebellion. She wanted to do something “so out of bounds” and “so out of character”.
She said, “I don’t think low self-esteem discriminates against anyone. It doesn’t matter if you come from a great family or if you come from a not-so-great background.”
Khalifa came to the US from Lebanon with her parents and joined the adult film industry right after college. Although she only featured on Pornhub for a few months, she still remains one of the most searched-for performers.
Explaining her decision to get into the industry, Khalifa said, “I struggled my entire childhood with weight and I never felt attractive or worthy of male attention, and suddenly my first year of college I start losing all this weight from making small changes and by the time I graduated I was ready to make a bigger difference.”
“After feeling what it was like – that validation and the compliments for the first time – I did not want that to go away,” she added.
She said her family had no idea that she was involved in this business, saying, “And they disowned me when they found out. I felt completely alienated by not just the world, but my family and the people around me. Especially after I quit, when I was still alone, even though I left. And I just realisedsome mistakes aren’t forgivable. But time heals all wounds, and things are getting better now.”
Khalifa is now engaged to Robert Sandberg.
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