Former WWE superstar Alberto Del Rio has for the first time responded to the situation surrounding leaked explicit photos of his fiance, Paige.
On Thursday afternoon, Alberto Del Rio announced that he will not be attending WrestleCon, a wrestling convention that takes place next weekend in Orlando, Florida. Del Rio cited the Paige incident as the reason he will not be there.
“Due to the invasion of our privacy I need to be home with the person that needs me more at the moment and our family,” Del Rio said in a statement provided to the booking agency Prime Time Appearances. “Thanks for your support and I’ll be seeing you there next time.”
This is the first time Del Rio has talked publicly about the Paige incident. Del Rio has been dating Paige for about a year now, and the two of them became engaged last October. Their wedding is expected to take place in May 2017.
Paige’s parents, Julia Hamer-Bevis and Ricky Knight, have in recent days made statement indicating that Paige is not in a good place as a result of the photo leak and that she might be in danger. In a Facebook post, Paige’s father said that it will not help if people start supporting Paige after “it’s too late,” referencing instances of the public demonizing celebrities but changing their tune after the celebrity has died.
Paige’s mother made a similar statement, saying “I cannot lose my little girl!” She also said that she hopes that those who are bullying Paige online do not “take from me one of my most treasured gifts.”