In an interview on The Real, Rivera opens up about telling her now-husband about terminating a pregnancy when the two first dated – and how sharing the experience brought them closer.
“When I made that decision, I made it by myself, as I feel is the case for a lot of women, and I did not share it with Ryan at the time,” the 29-year-old Glee alum said. “By the time we sort of reconnected, I was like, gosh, there’s a reason why you keep coming back in my life and we keep coming back together. It was like, ‘I have to tell you something.’ ”
Rivera, who first revealed her abortion in an excerpt from her memoir Sorry Not Sorry to PEOPLE, shared that Dorsey’s reaction could not have been more understanding and supportive.
“He said, ‘In the short time that we dated, I wish that I could have done something to make you feel like you could have trusted me with that information because I would have loved to have been there with you,’ ” Rivera said.
“I think it was the kindest, best thing that any man could have ever said in that situation,” she said during the interview. “It just made me love him that much more.”
In her book, Rivera doesn’t shy away from discussing serious subjects, including her abortion and battling an eating disorder when she was a teenager.
Rivera found out she was pregnant with Dorsey’s child in late 2010, just weeks after breaking up with him to focus on her career.
She made the call to put her career first and terminated the pregnancy during her one day off from filming an episode of Glee.
“It was very scary to open up about everything,” Rivera told PEOPLE. “It’s not something a lot of people talk about, but I think they should. I know some people might read it and say, ‘What the Hell?’ But I hope someone out there gets something out of it.”
One person she hopes gets something out of her memoir is her son.
“I hope Josey will read it one day,” she says of the book. “I hope it gives him a better perspective on the issues women face.”
Sorry Not Sorry is now on sale.