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She was once one of the biggest stars in the pro wrestling business, but by 2017, she had become depressed and nearly suicidal.

She locked herself away from the public and her family. She became sickly and was treated for anorexia. Her hair started falling out.

But a chance encounter with a young fan at a grocery store turned it all around for Paige. Now the former wrestler is back on top in a big way with a biopic chronicling her improbable story.

Friday’s “Fighting With My Family” reveals how Saraya-Jade Bevis, a young outcast from Norwich, England, was plucked from a D-list wrestling company run by her ex-con father to become a superstar in World Wrestling Entertainment.

“You forget what you’ve been through in your life, so watching it back was very surreal,” Paige, 26, tells The Post.

It’s one of those stories that’s so outlandish, it could only be true. (Produced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who also has a small role, the film is written and directed with dry British wit by Stephen Merchant, co-creator of the original British “The Office.”)

Paige (played by Florence Pugh in the film) knew her childhood was a little bit different.

Her father (played by Nick Frost) and her mother (Lena Headey) ran England’s World Association of Wrestling that staged matches in modest venues.

When Paige was 13, one of her father’s wrestlers failed to show up for a match, so she was tapped to fill in.

“Before that, I didn’t really want to wrestle. I was terrified,” Paige says.

Getting in the ring, though, sparked the “biggest euphoric adrenaline feeling.”

“Even though there was, what, like 10 people in the crowd, it made me feel good,” she says. “You could be anyone you wanted to.”

She was eventually offered a chance to try out for the WWE. Paige thought it best to completely overhaul her look for the audition.

She was pale with piercings and jet-black hair. She dressed in all black. But for the WWE, she got tan, dyed her hair blond and wore a colorful outfit.

The coaches saw through her fakery and declined to offer her a contract.

A few months later, she was given another audition, and this time — mostly on the advice of her brother, also a wrestler — she decided to be herself.

The change paid off and she was offered a spot.

“It took me a while to realize that being me was my superpower,” Paige says.

For her ring name, she chose Paige as an homage to Rose McGowan’s character from the 2000-era series “Charmed.” She made her debut in 2014 on an episode of “WWE Raw,” and won a championship belt her first time out.

But her success caused some friction with her brother (played by Jack Lowden), who had failed to make it to the WWE.

He now runs a wrestling academy in England — where he even trained a blind wrestler — and is content.

“Success isn’t measured by how many cameras you’re in front of,” Paige says. “It’s a success story to be at home with a family and to have a job where you’re helping people. They shouldn’t measure success on how famous you are.”

Of course, fame also has its downsides. In 2016, the wrestling diva was twice suspended for violating WWE’s wellness policy, including for testing “positive for an illegal substance” according to WWE. Then, in 2017, sex tapes of her were illegally posted online by hackers.

“To be publicly humiliated like that was terrible, and I don’t wish that for anyone,” she says.

The leak coupled with a wrestling injury sent her spiraling into depression.

“I didn’t go to work; I didn’t do anything. I felt so rock bottom,” she says.

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Then, one day, she was at a local grocery store in Texas, where she was living at the time, and was approached by a young female fan who was about 7 years old.

“Of course, she didn’t have the internet and thought I was the most beautiful and most successful woman in the world,” Paige says. “It opened my eyes to so many things. I was like, ‘I’m gonna let videos get in the way of things?’ ”

“I thought, what am I doing? I need to be successful for her. My whole journey was supposed to be about inspiring people,” she says.

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Jussie Smollett has ‘no plans’ to meet with Chicago police Monday, despite request

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Attorneys for “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett say there are “no plans” for him to meet with Chicago police Monday for a follow-up interview about his alleged assault, even though law enforcement has requested one.

“There are no plans for Jussie Smollett to meet with Chicago police today,” Anne Kavanagh, a spokesperson for Smollett’s attorneys, said in a statement on Monday obtained by The Wrap. “Any news reports suggesting otherwise are inaccurate. Smollett’s attorneys will keep an active dialogue going with Chicago police on his behalf.”

On Saturday, a Chicago police spokesperson said Smollett is no longer considered a victim in the case that allegedly involved an attack by two masked men who shouted racial and anti-gay slurs at the actor and, “This is MAGA country!”

JUSSIE SMOLLETT’S LAWYERS DENY HE PLANNED ATTACK AFTER CHICAGO POLICE CLAIM HE’S NO LONGER CONSIDERED A VICTIM IN CASE

Police earlier said that the “trajectory of the investigation” shifted and that they wanted to conduct another interview with Smollett about the alleged hate crime last month. Police released two Nigerian brothers who were held for questioning about the reported attack. They were released late Friday without charges.

L-R: Taraji P. Henson and Jussie Smollett in the "Treasons, Stratagems, and Spoils" episode of "Empire."

L-R: Taraji P. Henson and Jussie Smollett in the “Treasons, Stratagems, and Spoils” episode of “Empire.”
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“We can confirm that the information received from the individuals questioned by police earlier in the ‘Empire’ case has in fact shifted the trajectory of the investigation,” Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement at the time. “We’ve reached out to the ‘Empire’ cast member’s attorney to request a follow-up interview.”

‘EMPIRE’ STAR JUSSIE SMOLLETT SPEAKS OUT AFTER ALLEGED HATE CRIME ATTACK

The men were arrested Wednesday night after investigators tracked their movement on surveillance cameras in the area where Smollett said the attack occurred. Smollett, who is black and openly gay, said he was attacked by two masked men on Jan. 29 as he was walking home from a Subway restaurant. Police have said they were investigating the attack as a possible hate crime and earlier considered Smollett a victim.

Smollett’s attorneys, Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson, vehemently denied that the attack was a hoax, previously telling press, “As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with. He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying.”

Singer Jussie Smollett during his concert at The Troubadour Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, in West Hollywood, Calif. Smollett opened the concert with an emotional speech, saying he had to play the show because he couldn’t let his attackers win. (AP Photo/Andrew Dalton)

Singer Jussie Smollett during his concert at The Troubadour Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, in West Hollywood, Calif. Smollett opened the concert with an emotional speech, saying he had to play the show because he couldn’t let his attackers win. (AP Photo/Andrew Dalton)

JUSSIE SMOLLETT DEFENDED BY CRISIS MANAGER AFTER POLICE SAY PHONE RECORDS WERE ‘INSUFFICIENT’

“One of these purported suspects was Jussie’s personal trainer who he hired to ready him physically for a music video. It is impossible to believe that this person could have played a role in the crime against Jussie or would falsely claim Jussie’s complicity,” the statement continued. “Jussie and his attorneys anticipate being further updated by the Chicago Police Department on the status of the investigation and will continue to cooperate. At the present time, Jussie and his attorneys have no inclination to respond to “unnamed” sources inside of the investigation, but will continue discussions through official channels.”

A rep for Smollett did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Fox News’ Louis Casiano and Michael Tobin and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Attorneys for “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett say there are “no plans” for him to meet with Chicago police Monday for a follow-up interview about his alleged assault, even though law enforcement has requested one.

“There are no plans for Jussie Smollett to meet with Chicago police today,” Anne Kavanagh, a spokesperson for Smollett’s attorneys, said in a statement on Monday obtained by The Wrap. “Any news reports suggesting otherwise are inaccurate. Smollett’s attorneys will keep an active dialogue going with Chicago police on his behalf.”

On Saturday, a Chicago police spokesperson said Smollett is no longer considered a victim in the case that allegedly involved an attack by two masked men who shouted racial and anti-gay slurs at the actor and, “This is MAGA country!”

JUSSIE SMOLLETT’S LAWYERS DENY HE PLANNED ATTACK AFTER CHICAGO POLICE CLAIM HE’S NO LONGER CONSIDERED A VICTIM IN CASE

Police earlier said that the “trajectory of the investigation” shifted and that they wanted to conduct another interview with Smollett about the alleged hate crime last month. Police released two Nigerian brothers who were held for questioning about the reported attack. They were released late Friday without charges.

L-R: Taraji P. Henson and Jussie Smollett in the "Treasons, Stratagems, and Spoils" episode of "Empire."

L-R: Taraji P. Henson and Jussie Smollett in the “Treasons, Stratagems, and Spoils” episode of “Empire.”
(Fox via Getty)

“We can confirm that the information received from the individuals questioned by police earlier in the ‘Empire’ case has in fact shifted the trajectory of the investigation,” Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement at the time. “We’ve reached out to the ‘Empire’ cast member’s attorney to request a follow-up interview.”

‘EMPIRE’ STAR JUSSIE SMOLLETT SPEAKS OUT AFTER ALLEGED HATE CRIME ATTACK

The men were arrested Wednesday night after investigators tracked their movement on surveillance cameras in the area where Smollett said the attack occurred. Smollett, who is black and openly gay, said he was attacked by two masked men on Jan. 29 as he was walking home from a Subway restaurant. Police have said they were investigating the attack as a possible hate crime and earlier considered Smollett a victim.

Smollett’s attorneys, Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson, vehemently denied that the attack was a hoax, previously telling press, “As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with. He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying.”

Singer Jussie Smollett during his concert at The Troubadour Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, in West Hollywood, Calif. Smollett opened the concert with an emotional speech, saying he had to play the show because he couldn’t let his attackers win. (AP Photo/Andrew Dalton)

Singer Jussie Smollett during his concert at The Troubadour Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, in West Hollywood, Calif. Smollett opened the concert with an emotional speech, saying he had to play the show because he couldn’t let his attackers win. (AP Photo/Andrew Dalton)

JUSSIE SMOLLETT DEFENDED BY CRISIS MANAGER AFTER POLICE SAY PHONE RECORDS WERE ‘INSUFFICIENT’

“One of these purported suspects was Jussie’s personal trainer who he hired to ready him physically for a music video. It is impossible to believe that this person could have played a role in the crime against Jussie or would falsely claim Jussie’s complicity,” the statement continued. “Jussie and his attorneys anticipate being further updated by the Chicago Police Department on the status of the investigation and will continue to cooperate. At the present time, Jussie and his attorneys have no inclination to respond to “unnamed” sources inside of the investigation, but will continue discussions through official channels.”

A rep for Smollett did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Fox News’ Louis Casiano and Michael Tobin and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Al Sharpton says Jussie Smollett should ‘face accountability to the maximum’ if attack was orchestrated

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When “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett said he was attacked by two masked men yelling racist and homophobic epithets, as well as “This is MAGA country,” MSNBC host Al Sharpton came out in support of the star.

“We can’t make people love each other, but we can sure hold them accountable if they harm each other,” Sharpton said at the end of his “Final Thoughts” segment headlined, “We’re with you Jussie.”

But amid multiple reports this weekend that Smollett may have been involved in orchestrating the attack, Sharpton, who made his name in the 1980s as the spokesperson Tawana Brawley in what turned out to be false claims she was raped by four white men, changed his tune on-air on Sunday.

ROBIN ROBERTS SAYS COPS FELT JUSSIE SMOLLETT WAS CREDIBLE AT TIME OF INTERVIEW

Sharpton still thinks someone should be punished, but his tune has changed as these new reports emerged.

“If it is found that Smollett and these gentlemen did, in some way, perpetrate something that is not true, they ought to face accountability to the maximum,” Sharpton said referring to the actor and two men linked to him who have been questioned by police. “Let us get to the bottom of it, and let justice be done, no matter who is right or wrong.”

POLITICIANS WHO JUMPED ON JUSSIE SMOLLETT ATTACK CLAIM IN AWKWARD SPOT

Smollett, who is black and openly gay, has claimed he was attacked by two masked men early on Jan. 29 as he walked to his Chicago apartment from a Subway restaurant. Smollett alleged the men shouted racial and anti-gay slurs at him.

Sharpton famously lost a defamation suit when the Brawley attack was eventually found not to have happened. Now, there are reports that Smollett might have also orchestrated an alleged attack — as local reports have cited sources saying the attack was a hoax, though the Chicago Police Department has not confirmed that.

Last week, Chicago police questioned two Nigerian brothers in the reported attack but released them Friday without charges. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the pair had given officers information that had “shifted the trajectory of the investigation.”

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“While we are not in a position to confirm, deny or comment on the validity of what’s been unofficially released, there are some developments in this investigation and detectives have some follow-ups to complete which include speaking to the individual who reported the incident, ” Guglielmi said Sunday.

In this 1988 file photo, Tawana Brawley speaks to reporters with her adviser the Rev. Al Sharpton in Chicago.

In this 1988 file photo, Tawana Brawley speaks to reporters with her adviser the Rev. Al Sharpton in Chicago.
(AP)

Smollett received an outpouring of support from politicians and celebs when he first went public about the alleged attack in January. Smollett reportedly has claimed at least one of the attackers said to him, “this is MAGA country,” in reference to President Trump’s campaign slogan.

The Brawley rape allegations in the late 1980s left an entire community on the brink of “civil war” – and a recent Fox Nation documentary took a closer look at one of the most racially-charged legal sagas in American history.

The New York teen’s claims — in which she said she was allegedly raped in the woods by multiple white men in Wappingers Falls, New York, and then left wrapped in a feces-covered plastic bag with racial slurs written on her body — helped springboard the careers of activists including Sharpton. But after an extensive investigation filled with twists and turns, a grand jury found the allegations to be an elaborate hoax.

Smollett’s lawyer has denied his client had anything to do with his alleged attack in Chicago.

“As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with,” attorneys Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson said in a statement. “He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying.”

Fox News’ Alex Pappas, Greg Norman and Samuel Chamberlain contributed to this report.

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