If she could change the past, Tonya says she would have never married her first husband, Jeff, whom she claims was abusive. Tonya also wishes she'd had a better childhood. "I wish growing up I would have had a more stable life where my parents—I'm sure they tried the best they could—put me on the right path," she says.
When Tonya was 6 or 7 years old, she says her mother began physically and mentally abusing her. "She became very abusive [and was] drinking all day long," Tonya says. "Beating me, dragging me off the rink, hitting me with a hairbrush … right in front of everyone."
In response to her daughter's allegations. LaVona Golden, Tonya's mother, says she did hit Tonya once at a skating rink, but she also says she did the best she could as a mother.