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A day before the one-year anniversary of her escape, Cleveland kidnapping victim Michelle Knight told NBC’s Today that although her freedom is sometimes hard to get used to, she’s taking advantage of the opportunities that come with it.
“Every day I feel so much freer. I’m able to do everything and anything I always wanted to do,” Knight, who is changing her name to Lillian Rose Lee, told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie on Monday.
Knight added that the best part of her freedom now is “being able to get up in the morning, make a cup of coffee and sit there and watch TV, listen to music and just look at the beautiful sky.”
As for her life now, Knight said, “Everything’s really exciting right now. I’m singing and I’m also training to be a boxer, and I just recorded my first song. … It’s an awesome life right now.”
Tuesday is the one-year anniversary of the day Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus escaped from more than a decade of captivity and abuse by Ariel Castro. Looking ahead, Knight said she just wants to be able to move past that day.
“It’s just a day that I wish would go past and I could live my life,” she said.
Although Knight grew close to DeJesus, she said the three girls are each healing alone.
“Right now we’re all healing in our own ways,” she said. “Sometimes relationships and friendships don’t last that long. We were just in each other’s life for a short amount of time and maybe, just maybe, we’ll get back together.”
Knight added that she’s able to forgive Castro, explaining, “If I did something wrong and even if it was just a small thing, I would want someone to forgive me, so I can forgive him for what he’s done wrong because that’s the way of life.”
She went on to say that she was saddened to learn that Castro had committed suicide in prison.
“He was a human being, and every human being needs to be loved even though they did something wrong,” she said.
Watch video of Knight’s interview below.
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