Leanne Rice’s boyfriend attacked her in a West Country lane one night six years ago. They had been together for six months, and were already talking about marriage. He was going to join the army, and she would live on base with him once he’d finished his basic training.
However, she was unaware of his drinking problem.
“It was terrifying. I thought I was going to die,” she says.
The incident that night tipped her into a mental breakdown. She stopped eating and stopped going to work. She lost all confidence and her weight fell to seven stone. She became suicidal.
But two years later she was appearing in burlesque shows – first as Ruby Woo, later as Miss Ruby Skies – performing a comedy striptease to The Combine Harvester by The Wurzels.