In her autobiography, "Quivers: A Life," as well as on the air, she has discussed the sexual abuse she suffered as a child at the hands of her father. Air Force, where she was eventually promoted to the title of captain before her discharge in 1978.Despite the early trauma in her life—and the fact that her parents did not reach high school—Quivers earned a degree in nursing at the University of Maryland. Until 1990, Quivers served as a reserve in the Air Force.Robin opened up to “Extra” special correspondent (and Howard’s wife) Beth Stern, about how the "AGT" judge helped her through. He loves you so much.” Robin, “We love each other, we went on our business, it never had to be expressed like that…“It was rough for all of us because right away he took it to heart and I think he was more concerned for me than I was concerned myself.” Beth chimed in, “He was up night after night throughout your whole ordeal…
Rivers said her date suddenly went quiet, with his eyes wide open, sitting upright on the banquette, and he just died.
After she left full-time military service, Quivers began to pursue a broadcasting career.
She first worked at a local radio station in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and then in several similar positions at local stations elsewhere in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Thankfully, she eventually found a productive way to channel her rage."My anger also helped keep me on my diet and exercise program and off cigarettes. The faster my pace, the more I got to smash his face into the ground."The world has since fallen in love with Robin's singing voice, but when she was a little girl, Robin's mother discouraged her from doing anything musical."I loved to sing around the house," Robin writes, but says her mom would yell at her to "shut up that noise" whenever she heard her belting out a tune.
Her mother also barred Robin from taking piano, violin, and tap dancing lessons.