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‘That Was a Big Mistake’: Paige Spiranac Recalls Her Struggles With Social Anxiety

Published 05/23/2022, 3:19 PM EDT

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Breaking barriers and crushing stereotypes is a casual Sunday afternoon for Paige Spiranac. Known for her bold nature, her fearless persona, and her courage to be her unapologetic self, the social media sensation never fails to overcome stigma. However, what’s most important is she practices what she preaches, constantly opening up about her personal struggles as a way of encouragement for others to do the same.

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“When I was little I… I like really bad social anxiety,” the former professional golfer recently said. She reveals what she calls ‘one of the biggest mistakes’ that she ever made, in the latest episode of her podcast.

Spiranac and golf analyst Amanda Rose, co-host the podcast ‘Playing a Round with Paige Renee,’ where they discuss personal and sports-related topics. 


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According to Spiranac, her social anxiety restricted her from being outgoing and forthcoming. And this personality trait led her to make one of the biggest mistakes of her life. 

“I rip my pants all the way up the back,” the social media sensation retold the incident to Amanda Rose. “… like literally from like top down to the cr**k.” She couldn’t talk to anyone about the incident owing to her struggle with anxiety. Hence, the golfer took the matter into her own hands and found a solution all by herself. 

“I just grabbed the fabric, pulled it,” Spiranac explained what she did to hide her issue from everyone. “… and stuck it in between my cheeks and like wobbled around.” Furthermore, she firmly added, “That was a big mistake.” She notes she was nine when the incident happened. 

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Another one of her mistakes, according to her, was cutting bangs and dyeing her hair black like Wednesday Addams. For those who don’t know, Wednesday Addams is a character from the comic strip ‘The Addams Family,’ created by cartoonist Charles Addams. The comic strip was adapted to make animated series, movies, and musicals.

Paige Spiranac and her mental health issues

Spiranac has always been open about her mental health struggles. In fact, she had cited it as the main reason for quitting her career as a professional golfer. “For me, it was never physical ability,” she once stated. “It was always mental.” 


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Not only is she not afraid to talk about her struggles, but the former golfer also is not afraid to show support to others who suffer from the same. Notably, she is also an ambassador of The The Cybersmile Foundation, an NGO to help those who fall victim to cyberbullying. 


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As a global celebrity, it is not easy to put such intimate details about your life on display for all to see. Yet, Paige Spiranac continues to be herself unabashedly, hoping to inspire those in search of the light and many more.

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Written by:

Anjana Prabhakaran


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Anjana Prabhakaran is a Golf content writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Master's degree in Public Administration and considers researching as one of her hobbies. As her family is interested in sports, Anjana grew up watching every sport on television.
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Melroy Fernandes