Naya Rivera has revealed she underwent an abortion in 2010 in an excerpt from her book, published on People.
The former Glee star says she had just split from her boyfriend Ryan Dorsey to focus on her career, only to find out she was pregnant with his child weeks later.
Naya, who played Santana Lopez on the musical drama, decided to keep the news from Ryan and had the abortion during one of her days off while filming the hit TV show.
"It was very scary to open up about everything," she writes in the excerpt.
"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."
Naya later reunited with Ryan and the pair married in 2014, welcoming their son Josey in September 2015.
Since coming out with her story, Naya has been faced with negative backlash as well as praise from fans on Twitter.
The actress responded, saying, "I set out to write a book that was true to myself and would hopefully help others along the way."
She also hopes her son Josey will read the memoir one day.
"I hope it gives him a better perspective on the issues women face," she says.