Singer Jordan Pruitt reveals she was sexually abused as a teenager

Jordan Pruitt is coming forward with her own #MeToo story.

The former "The Voice" contestant, who became famous as a teenager for a variety of songs recorded for Disney Channel original films, took to Facebook on Monday to reveal in a lengthy post that she was sexually abused "for almost two years" at the height of her fame as a teenager. The abuse, she said, had her "contemplating suicide every day."

Pruitt, now 27, reveals that at the age of 14, after being signed to Hollywood Records, she began a nearly two-year relationship with an unnamed man who began to control her career, encouraged her to get emancipated from her parents and even promised that he would leave his then-fiancée to start a life with her when she was just 15 years old.

"I am filming the music video for 'Outside Looking In.' This person was running around the set like he owned the place and acting as if he was directing the whole video himself," she recalled of her first time working with her abuser. "I remember him having full control over what I was wearing and even what makeup they put on me. This was where I first felt he was 'grooming' me."

Pruitt then said that her label would go on to encourage her to lose weight and enlisted the man to hire a personal trainer for her, after which "he became obsessed with my appearance and even withheld certain foods and food in general from me."

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Jordan Pruitt in concert on October 20, 2006 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY. (Photo by Kevin Kane/WireImage)
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Jordan Pruitt during The Cheetah Girls and Vanessa Hudgens in Concert - November 9, 2006 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, United States. (Photo by Joey Foley/FilmMagic)
Jordan Pruitt during 'High School Musical' In Concert - December 28, 2006 at Verizon Wireless Center in Washington, DC, Washington, DC, United States. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
Musical Artist Jordan Pruit performs at the Hollywood Records & Star Jordan Pruitt Joins IAC CEO Barry Diller For Debut of New Tween Virtual World 'ZwinkyCuties.com' at Times Square Studios on September 16, 2008 in New York City (Photo by Mark Von Holden/WireImage)
Musical Artist Jordan Pruit performs at the Hollywood Records & Star Jordan Pruitt Joins IAC CEO Barry Diller For Debut of New Tween Virtual World 'ZwinkyCuties.com' at Times Square Studios on September 16, 2008 in New York City (Photo by Mark Von Holden/WireImage)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 16: Musical Artist Jordan Pruit poses at the Hollywood Records & Star Jordan Pruitt Joins IAC CEO Barry Diller For Debut of New Tween Virtual World 'ZwinkyCuties.com' at Times Square Studios on September 16, 2008 in New York City (Photo by Mark Von Holden/WireImage for Brodeur Partners)
VALENCIA, CA - AUGUST 23: ***Exclusive Coverage*** Singer Jordan Pruitt performs onstage at the Radio Disney Concert held at Six Flags Magic Mountain at the Golden Bear Theater on August 23, 2008 in Valencia, California. (Photo by Mathew Imaging/WireImage)
NEW ORLEANS - JULY 27: Jordan Pruitt performs the National Anthem on the field before the San Jose SaberCats and the Philadelphia Soul play the Arena Bowl XXII at the New Orleans Arena on July 27, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Singer Jordan Pruitt at Chevy Rocks The Future at the Buena Vista Lot at The Walt Disney Studios on February 19, 2008 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Chris Polk/WireImage)
BURBANK, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Singer Jordan Pruitt performs at Chevy Rocks The Future at the Buena Vista Lot at The Walt Disney Studios on February 19, 2008 in Burbank, California. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
NEW YORK - APRIL 22: Jordan Pruitt at Samsung's Hope for Education Annual Program Launch, NYC on April 22, 2008 (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
NEW YORK - APRIL 22: Jordan Pruitt at Samsung's Hope for Education Annual Program Launch, NYC on April 22, 2008 (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
ORLANDO, FL - MAY 02: Actress / Singer Jordan Pruitt appears on the red carpet for the 2008 Disney Channel Games at Epcot Center in Walt Disney World on May 2, 2008 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Daly/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - JUNE 20: Performer Jordan Pruitt arrives at the 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on June 20, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - MAY 02: Actress / Singer Jordan Pruitt appears on the red carpet for the 2008 Disney Channel Games at Epcot Center in Walt Disney World on May 2, 2008 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Daly/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Singer Jordan Pruitt arrives at the Walt Disney Pictures' 'Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience' at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on February 24, 2009. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actress Jordan Pruitt arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience' at the El Capitan Theatre on February 24, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
INDIANAPOLIS - AUGUST 10: Jordan Pruitt performs in concert at the Indiana State Fair on August 10, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joey Foley/FilmMagic)
INDIANAPOLIS - AUGUST 10: Jordan Pruitt performs in concert at the Indiana State Fair on August 10, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joey Foley/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD - SEPTEMBER 26: Singer Jordan Pruitt attends the Neutrogena Fresh Faces of Music event benefiting the VH1 Save the Music Foundation at Jim Henson Studios on September 26, 2009 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - SEPTEMBER 26: Singer Jordan Pruitt attends the Neutrogena Fresh Faces of Music event benefiting the VH1 Save the Music Foundation at Jim Henson Studios on September 26, 2009 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - SEPTEMBER 26: Singer Jordan Pruitt performs at the Neutrogena Fresh Faces Music Event for VH1 Save the Music at Jim Henson Studios on September 26, 2009 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 28: Jordan Pruitt performs at World Wish Day in front of 30 wish kids at The Grove on April 28, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
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THE VOICE -- 'Christina Reality' Episode 314 -- Pictured: (l-r) Billie Joe Armstrong, Christina Aguilera, Jordan Pruitt -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Christina Reality' Episode 314 -- Pictured: Jordan Pruitt -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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THE VOICE -- 'Battle Rounds' Episode 314 -- Pictured: (l-r) Adriana Louise, Carson Daly, Jordan Pruitt -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Recording Artist Jordan Pruitt arrives at the 14th annual 'Friends 'N' Family' GRAMMY event at Paramount Studios on February 11, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
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Secrets Make You Sick. By: Me " At just 14 years young, it looked as if all my dreams were coming true. And for the most part, they were. But, in the darkest crevice of my heart, would lie an insurmountable, undeniable, irrefutable amount of pain. I remember being in California, feeling the sunshine on my face, and seeing his eyes. Eyes that pierce your skin. Eyes that never stopped watching me for once second. As I filmed my music video, Jump to the Rhythm, those eyes were watching my every move. As I watch this video back now, I see this young girl laughing and smiling, but inside I was feeling trapped. All I remember is the feeling of being totally isolated from the world. This man had taken what was supposed to be one of the best experiences of my life, and gave me the worst memory of it. To this day, I won't watch that video. " Link in Bio. This is MY story.
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"I do remember having a childish crush. The person was helping make ALL my dreams come true, and thought I was so talented at every single thing I did," she said of the beginnings of their relationship. "I didn't think anything was wrong until I felt this pit in my stomach. I KNEW something was wrong. Deep in the inner parts of my soul, I was trapped."

"At fifteen, this person had brainwashed me into thinking that the things that were happening were 'natural' and 'okay,'" she went on. "For the record, while all this was happening to me, he was engaged to be married. While I will spare you any of the mind-piercing details, I can honestly and unfortunately say that this man sexually abused me for almost two years of my life. I am the victim of molestation because of him."

During the reflective post, Pruitt questioned how any of this could've happened to her and explained that she feels as though the man took advantage of her age and naiveté.

"Were there any signs? I guess? I was so young and at 14 I had never really experienced anything at all," she said. "I guess you could say my naiveness got the best of me. But he took advantage of my naivety. He knew EXACTLY what he was doing; almost as if he had done this many times before."

The relationship came to an end after Pruitt confided in a friend when she was 15 that the man was planning on leaving his fiancée to be with her. Her friend told Pruitt's parents, who then called the police.

"I didn't know who to trust, so I didn't trust ANYONE," she said. "I was scared. I am still sometimes scared at 27."

When the police came to her home to inquire about the nature of her relationship with the man, Pruitt lied and "told them that nothing had happened other than that this man has developed a sick obsession with" her, noting that the police never filed a report.

During the course of their time together, Pruitt says that the man made her think that her parents "were just in it for the 'Disney Money'" and "made it almost impossible for [her] to cut ties with him."

"He made it so difficult that I almost lost my record deal entirely," she added. "Everyone at the label thought he was genuinely psychotic. At this point, I wasn't even eating and could barely get out of bed. I remember very vividly staying in my room for two weeks straight and contemplating suicide every single day."

Pruitt explained that she's currently in counseling and that her therapist encouraged her to share her story: "She told me that 'secrets make you sick.'" She said that she "couldn't be happier" to be able to share story with her fans and feels "happy and healthy" now with a husband and new career working at a law firm.

Pruitt shot to fame in the years between 2006 and 2008 when she recorded a slew of songs for Disney Channel original movies, like "Outside Looking In" for "Read It and Weep" and "Jump to the Rhythm" for "Jump In!" She opened for The Cheetah Girls on tour in 2006. 

In 2012, she appeared on the third season of NBC's "The Voice" and joined Christina Aguilera's team before being eliminated in the battle rounds. After continuing to pursue a singing career in Nashville, Pruitt announced on Twitter in 2017 that she was retiring from music.

"After much prayer, I have decided to retire from music," she wrote. "What a fantastic journey this has been. My fans, you have truly put magic into my life. I will cherish every show I got to play for you all. Every lyric you've sang with me. Thank you for all the joy you've given me."

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