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Ex-porn star Mia Khalifa says working in the industry was the 'worst time' of her life.
The former adult film actress went viral after she filmed a scene that involved her wearing a hijab, but the attention led to her receiving death threats from ISIS.
Just three months later, Mia, who was 24 at the time, quit the industry, after receiving an endless amount of online abuse.
Lebanese-born Mia has spoken out about the period on Alexandra Cooper's Call Her Daddy podcast, although she said she doesn't like to speak about it, she does feel she needs to approach it 'head on'.
Alex says to 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."
Mia, who now has an OnlyFans account, said she started to pretend it never happened.
The OnlyFans star said: "So, I don't know where I was because that is around the time I started disassociating and just compartmentalising 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 realised how detrimental that is."
But she admitted she couldn't ignore it forever, telling Alex: "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.
"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."
Alexandra asked Mia what it was like in those following months, where Mia has spoken out before about the fact she made barely any money from the video.
Speaking about the apartment she was living in immediately after the video went viral, Mia said: "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."
At the start of the year, Mia donated $160,000 (£117,000) to charity from her OnlyFans earnings.
The former porn star signed up to OnlyFans in September last year, charging her fans $11.99 (£8.85) a month to enjoy her exclusive content.
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