People seem to think that the life of porn stars is nothing but glitter and glamour as they are some of the most watched and desired people in the world. But when several young female stars of the industry committed suicide in the past few weeks, many wondered why.
The last case is that of young Olivia Nova, who committed suicide after spending the Christmas days alone. The 20-year-old wrote on her twitter feed just before she took her own life: “Alone on the holidays and want to give a fan a holiday call. Would lift my spirit”.
Madison Missina, one of Australia’s most famous porn stars knows very well how it feels.
“We’re considered outcasts from society. A lot of us have to hide parts of our lifestyles and that leads to isolation and a lot of us have strange relationships with our families and friends because most of aren’t ‘out’ which can lead to more loneliness.”
Ms Missina claims many women in the industry hang on to drugs and alcohol as a coping mechanism but refuses to state there would be “an overarching theme of drug use”.
“There are some sex workers that say, ‘I need to get high or be drunk to do this job’ and they’re the ones that shouldn’t be in this industry. I tell them, ‘you need to get another job.’”
“All that bullying came from within the industry."
“There’s issues with some of us that step out and become more accepted by society and I live quite openly and out and a lot of people in the industry will attack and bully me for that. Not a week goes by that I don’t see someone getting cyber attacked from a member of our own industry and that’s really sad”.