- The 33-year-old is now known as Lily, a name she picked because it is her favorite flower
- Miss Knight is also attending cooking school and has a memoir coming out on May 6 called Finding Me
- She escaped the home of Ariel Castro along with Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Miss Berry’s daughter on May 6, 2013
- She is no longer in contact with her fellow survivors, saying: ‘I love them and they love me. Hopefully we’ll all get back together again’
Michelle Knight, who spent more than a decade locked up in the Cleveland house of horrors, has moved into her own apartment as the first anniversary of her miraculous escape approaches.
The 33-year-old is now known as Lily, a name she picked after her favorite flower. She escaped on May 6, 2013, along with Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Miss Berry’s six-year-old daughter from the Ohio home.
Miss Knight also revealed that she has cut ties with the women she was held captive with for so many dark years.
She told People that the three survivors have put distance between each other as they all come to terms with the ordeal they suffered.
Miss Knight said: ‘I love them and they love me. Hopefully we’ll all get back together again.’
The 33-year-old is attending cooking school and has written a memoir Finding Me which comes out on May 6, the one-year anniversary of the women’s escape.
In her book, she tells of the abuse she suffered at the hands of Castro, who killed himself in prison in September just weeks into his life sentence.
Knight had made a brave and defiant appearance at Castro’s sentencing in August in which she told him: ‘I spent 11 years in hell, your hell is just beginning.’
Ms Knight also reveals in her book the close bond she developed with the other women, who were all snatched off the streets of Cleveland by Castro between 2002 and 2004.
Ms Knight, who is 4’11, said that her hellish ordeal has taught her to enjoy every moment of her life.
She told People: ‘I don’t take things for granted anymore not even the little things like looking out a window. I went through years of torture, and now I’m back. I’m free to fly.’
Knight was the only one of Ariel Castro’s three victims to appear in person at his trial. Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry’s victim impact statements were read by members of their family.
The 33-year-old described how the days turned into weeks, weeks into eternity and said when she was ‘dying’ from the abuse she suffered, her friendship with Gina was the only thing that kept her going.