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Riverdale star Camila Mendes has opened up about surviving sexual assault while she was attending college in the US.

The actor appeared on the cover of Women's Health this week, discussing the emotional meaning behind her one and only tattoo.

The inking features the words "to build a home" along her ribcage, and Mendes has yet to speak about its reference until now.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The 25-year-old credited the tattoo with her memories of moving around a lot during her childhood, as well as a "very, very bad experience" in college.

“I got the tattoo after my freshman year. I had a very, very bad experience; I was roofied by someone who sexually assaulted me,” she told the magazine.

The feeling of safety itself can epitomise home for many people, not just a place or a town: "If you don’t have that literal box, you have to create it in your habits.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She has found a sense of comfort over time by putting herself first and self-care; “Whenever I feel like I’m going through something difficult, I think about what I can do physically for myself.

"People sometimes put working out first and don’t give their bodies rest. I’ll always choose sleep first. I think it’s just so underrated.”

“I danced for seven years, from age 4 to 11," she added. "Then I did musicals as a kid, then so much of acting school is movement classes and connecting your breath to your body. Activity has always been an important part of my life."

Feature image: Instagram/@camimendes

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Camila Mendes and Charles Melton are SO loved up it's kinda making us cringe…in a good way.

The Riverdale stars have been all official since they posted their first snap as a couple on Instagram in October. 

Because they are both jaw-dropping rides – c'mon, have you SEEN Charles' cheekbones? – it's not hard to see why people are calling the #couplegoals.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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And Camila penned a sweet message on Instagram to celebrate the premiere of Charles' latest movie, The Sun Is Also a Star. 

She wrote, ''I remember the day @melton told me about this project. we were still just friends then. he hadn’t even been cast yet. they hadn’t even started casting. all he told me was ‘i’m going to play this role, I am Daniel bae’,” Cami captioned the post confirming Charles’s instant attraction to the part.''

She continued, ''Aside from having the biggest heart out of anyone I know, his passion and tenacity are part of the reason I fell in love with him. watching him throw his entire heart and soul into this story of love taught me a lot about the kind of person he is.''

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The 24-year-old added, ''I’m probably sharing too much, but before we started dating he’d often get mad at me for trying to bring logic into love. He taught me that love doesn’t have an explanation, it either exists or it doesn’t. It was his vulnerability not only as an actor but also as a man, that taught me that valuable message, one that is so relevant to this film. I’m so proud of you Charles and so grateful to have witnessed this beautiful journey of yours.''

Charles replied, ''I love you.''

Camila spoke to Teen Vogue for the May cover interview about how she's trying to keep things like her relationship more a bit more shielded. 

She said, ''I'm not a private person. I don't like hiding. But the more I get used to this lifestyle the more I reevaluate what I want to share and what I don't.''

It must be true love then if she's shouting it from the rooftops like this – and we couldn't be happier for the stunning pair.

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