Chanel Ayan shared a traumatic childhood experience in Wednesday’s episode of RHODubai, which brought tears to her eyes. She admitted that she was forcibly circumcised against her will when she was 5 years old. In Wednesday’s episode, when Chanel spoke to hypnotherapists, she said:
“When I was five years old, my aunt and grandmother picked us up and took us to another town. Then the next morning at six o’clock. I didn’t know where I was going, but they took us to this man’s house and chained us to the bed while they circumcised us.
Chanel described growing up in her parents’ house as “crying, grief, beatings” and even “a lot of pain”. Fans were moved by her sad expressions on RHODubai. On Twitter, they expressed their support for the reality star and praised her for her perseverance and bravery. A Twitter user who goes by the handle @BravoLover even wrote:
OMG channel. You are beautiful and strong AF. I am sending you love and healing vibes! #RHODubai s1
In episode 11 of RHODubai, Chanel Ian discusses her difficult upbringing
In episode 11 of RHODubai, during Sarah Al-Qorikai, Chanel met with a hypnotherapist who Madani insisted on discussing her youth. Chanel wept as she recounted the physical and mental scars of her past.
“Our legs were restricted. Cannot urinate. Couldn’t move. When we want to free ourselves they carry us and place us on the grass. My mother had absolutely no idea what was going on with us, and I had no idea what was going on.
Years later, the 43-year-old model had to have her genital mutilation medically repaired in order to have sex with her husband, Christopher. In a statement to RHODubai he said:
“I wanted to get married, but I couldn’t have sex because it was stitched up. I had to go back to the doctor and have it reopened. After that I had to wait for it to heal.
“I researched it and tried to understand. Why was it like that? We have to be virgins when we get married because our families have to get a dowry. That’s some rubbish. It’s akin to torture. It’s illegal.
She tells her therapist how her sister protected her when her father tried to sell her when she was 14.
As someone of Somali and Ethiopian descent, Chanel considers herself a “survivor” for surviving her difficult upbringing. Mutilation is practiced in his culture to “keep women virgins”. Because of this, in her community “everyone is a virgin.” She informs E! More news about the cruel practice in many countries:
“More than 28 African countries, as well as Syria, Yemen and the Middle East are doing it. Even in America, my relatives and other relatives still find ways to abuse young women because you don’t need a doctor. All you need is a skilled person to do it.
She was mutilated 35 years ago, but she “never got over it.” She aims to raise awareness of this “barbaric behavior” because her past still affects her. She pronounced:
“I believe that trauma is something that I will deal with for the rest of my life. That’s why I want to talk about it; I really don’t want anyone else to experience this because I know how unpleasant it is. Many young women die, hormones are out of balance, and many women experience depression. .
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Fans expressed their love and support for the channel on Twitter after hearing her “for the first time” on RHODubai discuss her tragic background and how she’s using her position to bring awareness to ending child abuse.
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Wow, what a Chanel story. So horrible and unthinkable. I appreciate you sharing @chanelayan’s work. Thanks for your site, I am sure you will help a lot of people. The hashtags “#RHODXB #rhodubai 5” and “@theefrogemoji” both contain the frog emoji. Sorry for the channel. #roadboy s1
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Chanel travels widely and wears a variety of shoes. She survived. #roadboy s10
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The story of Chanel is very scary and terrifying. I cry thinking about this. #RHODubai s1
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I’m so sorry you had to go through that, Chanel, and I hope the love you’re experiencing now helps you get better. You have our love and support. ♥️ #RHODubai s12
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