Southern girl Crystal, then DiGregorio, grew up in North Carolina, USA, but moved to Hollywood after falling pregnant at 16.
The 33-year-old spent her first few years in Hollywood working as a model, dancer and competing in pole competitions.
However, desperate to support her son Justin, now 16, Crystal met with an adult film director – and found out she could be earning an enormous £25,000-a-month.
Crystal starred in her first film, set at a house in Malibu, soon after this meeting – and didn’t look back for an entire decade.
The mum-of-three said: “I remember after the scene, I sat in the shower for about two hours crying.
“Then I stopped after that shoot and didn’t go back for about one month.
“I ended up going back to it again and that’s when I was numbing myself through taking pain medicine and drinking alcohol to get through the scene.
“It just became like this daily routine for me where I would drop my son off to school in the morning, go do a shoot and come home. It was like a regular 9 to 5 job.”
At the top of her game Crystal, who has featured in more than 100 films, was earning nearly £250,000-a-year.
She was living in a mansion, driving flash sports cars and even owned her own nightclub – called Club Crystal.
Crystal, who started dancing when she was just seven years old, also appeared in MTV commercials and FHM magazine.
However, she was also drinking heavily – and hiding her secret shame.
Crystal added: “I just lived for myself and my son and didn’t really think about the consequences of making films and dancing and everything.
“I started to become an object. I wouldn’t walk outside my house without showing cleavage, having a belly shirt on and high heels. It was like had to constantly look like the sex symbol.”
It wasn’t until 2014 that she decided to make a major life change. After a horrifying car accident, among other life events, she started going to church — and found God, telling the Daily Mail what unfolded on the day she decided to become a Christian.
“The day I was saved, I felt like the preacher was just speaking to me directly. It was like he was preaching to only me and you know that day I felt God was talking to me through his preaching and everything he said felt right,” she said. “I got down on my knees and was just praying to God to just release me from everything and my mom was there and my sister came over and were just all crying.”
“I cried. He cried,” she said.
But while Bassette has had to confront her past, she said she’s a changed woman — someone who is made happy today not by material things, but by being around her family.