LOS ANGELES—Veteran adult performer Mariah Milano has decided to retire from performing after 14 years in the business.
"I'm done," Milano said. "I have had a good run. I'm healthy and disease-free and I've created a name for myself that I hope to continue on into other ventures. Mariah Milano is now a brand name and I have a very good opportunity to make good of my fan base for something bigger and better that I can be proud of."
Milano recently started a cooking and travel site, DinnerWithAPornStar.com, that she says has had surprising success in a very short period of time.
"In the wake of the recent syphilis outbreak and the cluster fuck of the testing situation as well as the fact that porn girls are escorting full-time doing some scenes on the side, bringing even more risk into the equation, I cannot imagine being an active performer in this industry as it is today," Milano said. "This is not the industry that it used to be. It's out of control and there are a lot of people who should be ashamed and held accountable."
Though Milano won't be working for other companies she's planning on shooting for her own site, MariahXXX.net.
"I do plan to shoot for my own site and do some cam shows for my members," she said. "I just won't be filming with very many porn stars, if any. I have many friends whom I love and respect but the exposure and risk isn't worth my health."
After nearly 600 scenes over 14 years, Milano also owns and operates her own network of websites and her own affiliate program, PornStarPayday.com.
"I have plenty of work with event hosting and my sites and my cookbook, with which I am about halfway done," Milano said. "I haven't shot a scene since 2011, which was for Seymore Butts, so that's a great way to go out, especially being for him and it was my first interracial anal scene. As well I just signed an agreement with British and German cable networks to do cooking segments weekly so I have a full plate."
The cable networks are independent of each other and broadcasts are set to begin this fall, Milano reports.
"I'm also working on a spokesmodel deal with a major U.S. company and should have that in place within the next few weeks, which is very exciting," Milano said. "So I am busier now than ever all with bigger and better projects that I am very proud of. I have enjoyed most of my porn career and can't imagine where I would be today without it, but it's time. I don't want to be Brett Favre and play that game and just wish to say a sincere thank you to everyone who has hired me and appreciate every opportunity."