Lacey Evans: The Marine Corps saved me as far as getting my mind clear. The WWE superstar says she found her role models in the U.S Marine Corps.
Lacey Evans has made quite an impact since her debut. She has very quickly become one of the well-known stars. The Lady went on to challenge Becky Lynch for the Raw women’s championship. While she lost the match to Becky, she played an important role in Becky dropping her SmackDown Championship.
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In an interview with Sporting News, The Lady opened up on her tough upbringing, finding role models in the Marine Corps and being a role model herself to her own daughter.
Excerpts from the interview:
On being on the road with her daughter in WWE
“It’s amazing. It definitely motivates me.The biggest thing that I like is the fact that she’s here and she can watch me first-hand work really hard to fight for becoming a champion and doing good at whatever is expected from me.”
On growing up with parents who suffered from addiction and depression
“There was depression, addiction and it was never enough. My father, unfortunately, lost his battle just two months before my WWE tryout.”
“Whenever good comes to light to my siblings that didn’t take the best path that they could have taken or my father, I don’t know why I am who I am today, but I know what who they are because I was there. We’ve been through a lot of hard times, but I just stay busy.”
“Stay busy whether it’s fighting college, staying in school, staying in sports. Keep your mind motivated. Keep your mind busy. That way you don’t have time to sit there and be a victim because of the things you’re going through in life because of drugs and depression.”
“I did not sit there and tell myself I was the victim of anything. I worked every day to achieve those little goals and break the cycle I was used to growing up in a home like that. No matter what type of cycle you’re stuck in, you are capable of breaking that.”
On the United States Marine Corps
“The Marine Corps saved me as far as getting my mind clear and being able to get myself in a place with better influences and role models in my life because I didn’t have that growing up.”
“If I didn’t join the Marine Corps, there’s no telling what would have happened to me, my family. Me as a mother, me as a wife, but it’s definitely one of the best decisions I ever did make because growing up without a positive role model, you’ve got to find them somewhere and I found that in the United States Marine Corps. I found that in the leadership I had while in active duty and I couldn’t be more blessed to have that in my life because it definitely made me the woman that I am today.”