WWE star Bianca Belair reveals how she was admitted to psychiatric hospital at college over mental health struggles | The Sun

BIANCA BELAIR has opened up on her mental health battles.

The WWE star, 33, has scaled the heights of the company, earning the belt as Raw Women's champion.

The popular American has had to overcome adversity to get to where she is today, as she explained to BT Sport's Ariel Helwani.

Belair, who began her college career at the University of South Carolina, said: "My freshman year, I just struggled so much mentally.

"I was struggling with an eating disorder secretly in high school, so when I got to college I told myself ‘okay I’m not going to do this anymore. I’m gonna be healthy."

Belair transferred to Texas A&M after a year at USC, and credits coach Vince Anderson for helping her get the help that she needed.

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She added: "I was put into a psychiatric hospital. It got that low… That’s when everyone found out.

"He [Anderson] was the one, once I got out, who said ‘you can’t come back.'

"He made me go see a psychiatrist. He was like ‘you have to get yourself together mentally because that’s what is more important."

Belair then moved to the University of Tennessee, where she was not allowed to take part in competitions for an entire year.

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She said: "I wasn’t allowed to compete for the team.

"But she [coach Heather Van Norman] told me ‘I’ll train you for a whole year, even if you can’t contribute to the team.’

"And she’s the person who really got me back on my feet."

After completing her college career, Belair went on to sign with the WWE in 2016, going on to join the main roster four years later.

She won the Raw Women's Championship from Becky Lynch at SummerSlam earlier this year.

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