Cleveland kidnapping victim Michelle Knight has a new book and a new name.
One of the three women held captive and tortured by Ariel Castro for more than a decade said she’s changing her name to Lillian Rose Lee.
“I felt like every new start needs new beginnings,” Knight told NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie about the reason for her new moniker in an excerpt from Guthrie’s exclusive interview that aired on Friday’s Today.
Guthrie’s full interview with Knight airs on NBC’s Dateline on Sunday at 8 p.m., and Knight will also appear on Today on Monday morning, ahead of the release of her memoir, Finding Me, which is out Tuesday.
Knight also shared a passage from the diary she kept while she was being held captive.
“Vibrant butterfly full of life. Every time I see one, it reminds me how precious life can truly be,” she read.
Later Knight said she felt like the butterfly.
“Yeah, that’s able to express herself the way she wants now and able to be free without no control or worries. I’m that butterfly,” she said. “Freedom to fly.”
Knight is taking cooking classes to become a chef, Guthrie reported.
Watch the full excerpt of Knight’s interview that aired on Friday’s Today.