Belinda Rygier: Sex addict, 38, who slept with 700 men reveals domestic abuse was turning point
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA: A reality star and a sex addict named Belinda ‘Love’ Rygier has slept with 700 men but is now on her road to recovery. In an interview with Daily Mail Australia, Belinda, who appeared on 2017's ‘The Bachelor Australia’ revealed that she is eight years into her recovery and that she has been celibate for 15 months.
The reformed sex addict revealed that her wild lifestyle ended up affecting her friendships as she ditched them several times so that she could engage in casual sex. Belinda shared that from nightclubs to supermarkets, she would hook up with random guys anywhere possible. Speaking of how she hit rock bottom, the love coach stated that her out-of-control addiction came to a head when one of these men became abusive but was later informed that she could not press charges as she had scratched the man while defending herself. Now recovering, Belinda, runs empowerment bootcamps to help others beat their addiction.
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‘That was my turning point’
Recalling her abusive relationship, Belinda told Daily Mail, “When he pushed me down the stairs and locked me in the garage, I had a black eye and they thought my hand was broken.” The 38-year-old added, “It was pretty bad. I went to work and they sent me home. The police came and they said because he had a scratch on his arm from my ring, after I tried to get him off me, we could both go to jail for domestic violence.”
Intending to battle her sex addiction, the TV star, and sex educator then started counseling and self-development work to better understand the psychology behind her compulsive behavior. “That was my turning point. I thought, "I have to help myself. That's where the journey began, and it was a very quick transformation. Once you decide [to change], it happens very quickly,” said Belinda.
‘I was never self-aware’
Speaking of her addiction, Belinda confessed that sex “was constantly at the top of my mind” even when she was at the supermarket. Shedding light on the same, she stated, “I would be grocery shopping and would think to myself, ‘Oh, I wonder if he would be interested?'” However, the majority of her conquests were from bars and nightclubs including both men and women.
Belinda further explained, “I was never self-aware. The minute I was out, I was like, "Where's a hot guy?" adding, “Sex is the only addiction I fell for because it was making me feel loved. Love is really what I lacked in my life.” Speaking of her lowest point, Belinda shared that being a “mistress a couple of times” proved to be her biggest regret.
‘It ruled my life’
According to Mirror, Belinda also spoke about her addiction on the radio show ‘You're a Grub Mate!’, saying she "didn't realize [she] had a problem until [she] healed it.” She added, “When I recovered, I thought there was some unhealed trauma from my past that was causing my sex addiction” adding, “It ruled my life, but I was a functioning addict, I have a great career, you wouldn't know on the surface." The love coach also explained that she has "lost count" of the number of men she has slept with suggesting that it was "above 700".