Former UFC champ Ronda Rousey: People on the Internet are mostly evil – MMAjunkie.com
In reality, Rousey (12-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) has been preparing for major film roles, hosting “Saturday Night Live,” appearing on Ellen DeGeneres’ ever popular daytime talk show, and landing a coveted spot on the cover of the “Sports Illustrated” Swimsuit Issue.
Rousey said she’s been trying to get out of the public eye, however, while speaking to MMAjunkie at a media event for the upcoming “EA Sports UFC 2” video game.
“To be honest, I’ve been trying to disappear as much as possible,” Rousey said. “I don’t look at articles. I don’t look at tags. I don’t look at comments. People on the Internet are mostly evil, and I don’t want to accept any of that negativity. I just use social media to put information out there, but I really don’t use it to receive it because people are really cruel with that access.
“I don’t want to allow them that access to me anymore because they really take it for granted, and they don’t look at you like a person. You’re an event to them. I don’t want want to read people saying all the worst things they can imagine about me every single day. I just put what I have to put out there out there, and I don’t look at anything else.”
Using social media has never been a major part of Rousey’s life, she said. Aside from a bit of fun with friends back in “the Myspace days,” she said she treats social media as a part of work and little else.
And if you want to be able to contact her, you’d better hope you’re in the fortunate group that has her phone number, because reaching her online isn’t happening.
“I never used social media until it was to help me with work – until I was hustling and trying to get people to catch on to this whole women’s MMA thing,” she said. “It’s only been something for work for me, except in the Myspace days, which all I used that (for) was to put pictures out and tell jokes about things that people take totally out of context now. I’m like, ‘Why did I do that?’ Because I thought I had like 12 friends and they all got it and I’d never be famous, so who cares? I don’t really use social media for fun except to look at clothes I like or photography I like.
“But the actual social part? That’s the same as searching through the Internet, to be honest. I use social media like I use Google Images. It’s not really a void in my life, and I don’t miss it at all. If I’m going to socialize with somebody, it’s going to be in person. If you know me, you can call me or text me. And if you don’t know me well enough to have my number, well, then you shouldn’t be talking to me anyway.”
During her recent appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Rousey said she had suicidal thoughts after the loss to Holm. Between the stress of her first professional defeat and the always-on nature of the Internet, it isn’t hard to imagine why the former champion wanted a little space from the world, even as she keeps her professional life churning.
“I’m being purposely mysterious right now because I think people have taken my availability for granted,” Rousey said. “I’m kind of just wanting to disappear. Everyone is constantly keeping me under a microscope, and I just kind of want to be left alone right now.”
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