As Inside Edition was the first to note, Mills works for the Waikiki Acrobatic Troupe in Hawaii. She graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art and reportedly worked as a ballet dancer before moving to Hawaii.
BuzzFeed compiled an extensive list of photographs from Mills's blog, some of which you can see below. In several of those posts, she's pictured next to a man whom she refers to as "E" and identifies as her boyfriend.
Not long after the Inside Edition and BuzzFeed posts went live, Mills posted an update to her blog, apparently referencing Snowden and their new situation without confirming or referencing anything directly:
For those of you that know me without my super hero cape, you can probably understand why I’ll be refraining from blog posts for awhile. My world has opened and closed all at once. Leaving me lost at sea without a compass. Surely there will be villainous pirates, distracting mermaids, and tides of change in this new open water chapter of my journey. But at the moment all I can feel is alone. And for the first time in my life I feel strong enough to be on my own. Though I never imagined my hand would be so forced. As I type this on my tear-streaked keyboard I’m reflecting on all the faces that have graced my path. The ones I laughed with. The ones I’ve held. The one I’ve grown to love the most. And the ones I never got to bid adieu. But sometimes life doesn’t afford proper goodbyes. In those unsure endings I find my strength, my true friends, and my heart’s song. A song that I thought had all but died away, when really it was softly singing all along. I don’t know what will happen from here. I don’t know how to feel normal. But I do know that I am loved, by myself and those around me. And no matter where my compass-less vessel will take me, that love will keep me buoyant.
Mills also discussed deleting her Twitter account.
To delete or not to delete. That is the question.— Lsjourney (@lsjourneys) June 10, 2013
According to The Guardian, Snowden told Mills that he had to leave Hawaii for a few weeks at the beginning of May, though he never specified why. "That is not an uncommon occurrence for someone who has spent the last decade working in the intelligence world,” he said. Snowden also told the Guardian that the NSA had visited Mills twice since he'd left.
Mills reportedly didn't find out the real reason Snowden was away until he revealed his identity on Sunday.
Below are more pictures from Mills's blog and a YouTube of her dancing:
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