It has been at least a year since the three women who were bound by chains and a horrific experience have spoken.
Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus were abducted by Ariel Castro between 2002 and 2004. Together they endured a gruesome ordeal before escaping in May 2013. But life outside the house on Seymour Avenue in Cleveland has taken the women in separate directions.
“We’re two different people,” Berry, who hasn’t spoken to Knight, tells PEOPLE in an exclusive interview. “We all went through something really, really bad that probably only the three of us will ever understand. I wish her the best in the future.”
DeJesus spent several years chained to Knight inside a room. They knew everything about each other, and DeJesus says there was a time they were friends.
“I think we did like each other at one point in the beginning,” DeJesus, now 25, tells PEOPLE. But the women say Castro played mind games so they wouldn’t trust each other. “Toward the end, me and Amanda started to open up and talk, and we became friends. Michelle and Amanda were struggling because I think [Castro] was playing them against each other so, I think, they never got along.”
For now, Berry and DeJesus have become close friends who shared their story in Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland with Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan.
Last year, Knight spoke to PEOPLE when her book, Finding Me, was released. She said DeJesus was like a “sister,” but everyone needed to go her own way to heal.
“I’m letting them go their own way and they’re letting me go my way,” Knight, 34, said at the time. “In the end, I hope that we get back together again.”
For excerpts from their book and more information about their lives, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday
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