“I was 14 when I started, when I got my first relationship with a guy.
“I would say (he was) about 26, and you have to remember I hadn’t had a relationship before then at all.
“I was very new to the whole world of a man and a female.” Rita says of that time: “It’s strange how, once it starts, you kind of feel you can take over the world.
“Even to this day if someone fancied me I’d feel so great.”
At the risk of sounding like she was abused, or duped into having sex with this grown man, she went on to clarify:
“I don’t want to say that I suffered it, because I wanted it. I don’t want to say that I was forced to do it. I don’t want people to think I was abused as a kid but I was definitely more mature than I should have been at 14.”
She also spoke on this relationship back in a never-before-seen 2013 interview with Lifetime TV:
“I can’t begin to tell you how confident I felt when a man was interested in me.
“I felt like I was sexy, I felt like I had a form of respect, I felt like he listened to me.
“Now I know he listened to me because he obviously wanted to have sex with me. I felt good that men fancied me.”