She says her name change is because "every brand new start needs new beginnings"
CLEVELAND -- Michelle Knight, one of the three women who escaped years of captivity in Ariel Castro's home, has revealed a new name for herself.
Knight, who appeared for an exclusive interview on the "Today" show Friday, says her new name is Lillian Rose Lee.
"I felt like every brand new start needs new beginnings," she told "Today" host Savannah Guthrie of her name change.
Those comments came in the first half a two-part interview, which will continue on Monday's edition of "Today."
The segment started with the following words, which she wrote in a diary while trapped in the Seymour Avenue home: "Vibrant butterfly full of life. Every time I see one, it reminds me how precious life can truly be."
To this day, she lives by those words.
"I'm able to be free without control and no worries. I'm that butterfly with freedom to fly."
Using a model of Castro's home, she also detailed her experiences in captivity.
"There were days like he'll come in and he'll just do bad things in front me. And I'll take her hand (Gina DeJesus) and I'll tell her everything's gonna be OK. One day we'll get out. One day we'll be free. One day we won't be voiceless."
She's now reportedly taking cooking classes with aspirations to be a chef.
May 6 marks one year since Knight, DeJesus and Amanda Berry escaped the home.
She'll be on "Dateline" Sunday night and the "Today" show Monday morning.