La Toya Jackson

*”Are you a virgin?” a friend Kathy Hilton asked La Toya Jackson — sending her into an emotional breakdown last year.

The “Life with La Toya” star opened up about a past abusive relationship and her relationship ills.

She agreed to see a therapist named Dr. Mike Dow about it.

“I liked some of his relationship advice that he gave, so I figured he’d be a good person to start this journey with,” Jackson said.

She explained to Dr. Dow the impact of her past abusive relationship had on her.

“He instilled fear and he controlled me, so that takes away your self-worth, your self-esteem, everything,” she said. “And no one knew what was going on.”

Jackson told her therapist about her avoidance issues.

My friends tell me that when it comes to my personal relationship and getting close to people, I kind of shun them off and shun them away. I get nervous about it,” she said.

“You use avoidance as sort of a way to keep you safe,” Dr. Dow added.

She agreed with him.  “If anybody tries to even touch me or things of that nature, I get very uncomfortable,” she said.

“Everybody’s so promiscuous. And for me just to not want anyone to touch me, people think, ‘That’s so odd. That’s so strange,'” she added. “A part of you thinks that something’s wrong with you.”

She revealed to Dr. Dow she was embarrassed sharing so much about her life.

“Oh gosh, I can’t believe I’m actually telling you this,” she said to Dr. Dow. “It’s frightening but it’s also embarrassing because I’m opening myself up for people to know what my problem was or slightly is today.”

This prompted Dr. Dow to reassure her.

“I really want to make sure that you know just how normal it is for people with a history of abuse to be afraid of touch and physical intimacy,” Dr. Dow told her. “But I see that if we can get you there, I see that it will be life-changing.”

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