FOX411: Why did you partner with Mary Kay for the Don’t Look Away program?
Debby Ryan: Mary Kay is partnering with Love is Respect.
And that was the point that I realized maybe there was a red flag. If you or someone you know needs help, visit Love Is
What was weird was that I didn’t realize all the unhealthy things -- the digital abuse, him demanding my phone passwords, the mental abuse, the manipulation, the emotional abuse. I didn’t realize until it got to that point that it didn’t add up and something was wrong.
FOX411: What are some signs that people should pay attention to?
Born May 13, 1993 in Alabama, Debby moved to Texas as a small child and lived there for five years, before moving to Wiesbaden, Germany, with her family, where she lived for three years.
Debby Ryan, the star of Disney’s hit show "Jessie," may seem to have it all, but her fans may be surprised to know the actress/singer was once in an abusive romantic relationship.
Ryan has teamed with cosmetic company Mary Kay to bring awareness to the issue of dating abuse, which they say impacts one in three young people today.
The 21-year-old aspiring director spoke with FOX411 about her abusive relationship, and how she gained the strength to finally get out of it.
FOX411: Why are you so passionate about this cause?
Ryan: I got to a point in a relationship that I was in where I realized that every relationship … Love is freaking hard, and fighting for a relationship is so much work and can be so beautiful, and if you’re going to fight so hard for something that does not make you stronger and better and build you up, something’s wrong. FOX411: No one would think that someone like you dominating in your career would be in an abusive relationship. I felt like because I had things in control over my career, I probably had things in control in all facets, which means I probably wanted this.