On Tuesday I started my list of 5 high profile celebrities that have gone down the road many woman have. It does not discriminate nor does money or fame fix the emotional toll it can bring. We talked about Rihanna and the legend Tina Turner. If you want to catch up you can read it here…
Let get on with the list.
So this one is a bit of a roller coaster so buckle in here we go..
Madonna called Sean Penn her soulmate when they were married in the 80’s. They were married 6 months after meeting and everything moved quick. Her soulmate quickly became jealous and controlling. There are two huge rumors that have been following the pair around and it’s a bit confusing.
In 1987 he allegedly hit her in the back of the head with a baseball bat where she had to be hospitalized. Constant cheating allegations with co workers is to blame. She quickly filed for divorce since during this exact time he was also facing jail time for an assault on a film extra. But she quickly retracted the divorce and they were back together.
2 years later in 1989 is the doozy. Allegedly Sean scaled the side of the home and got into Madonna’s bedroom and told her he basically owned her. She fled but was quickly tied to a chair for 9 hours and beaten and was threatened to have her hair cut off. He must have gotten tired since he had a time out to leave the house to go get booze all the while she was still tied to the chair. Once he returned it started again. He only let her go if she performed a degrading sex act on him. She immediately ran to the Sheriff’s office and they filed a report. Next day she dropped the charges but they
In 2015 Madonna said herself that all the rumor’s were false and he never laid a hand on her. To be honest it is 100% her choice weather to address it or not. It is also her choice if she wanted to press charges. The report was made but if she says no then we need to let that be the story.
4. Robin Givens
Robins Givens married boxing legend Mike Tyson in 1988 but it didn’t last long. 8 months later she filed for divorce citing physical and emotions abuse. Slaps punches from any man could be very painful but what about coming from a professional boxer that can knock someone out in seconds?
When she first came out she received a lot of backlash. Liar, gold-digger, trying to ruin his career. So she retreated and kept it to herself mostly. Even after the divorce was final he still continued to control her wellbeing. He would leave nasty messages on her phone. He let her know that he will not kill her but he will make her life so misrable that she will kill herself.
In 2009 in a surprise joint interview with Oprah Tyson admitted to “socking” Robin but only immediately followed by she hit me too. Her words was it was pure hell. Robin still says she can get triggered by certain things but for the most part is trying to live her best life. She is very involved in helping others with similar stories and even does shifts with the National Domestic Abuse hotline.
5. Whitney Houston
So many thoughts and opinions I have and I’m sure you do too. But at the end of the day we lost a true talent.
Whitney and Bobby Brown were married in 1992. Everyone thought it was a bad idea. He had a past and she was squeaky clean. Love was intense and I really do believe they were infatuated with each other. They loved hard and fought even harder. Drugs, Booze and very strong personalities got the best of them I think. Whitney does admit she hit Bobby as well. She felt the emotional, physical was alot to handle but she did try and stand up for herself. She admits after Bobby spit on her in front of her daughter she hit in in the head with a phone.
In 2003 Bobby was arrested for domestic violence for slapping Whitney. Whitney escorted him to court and supported him throughout the whole process. Charges were dropped.
They divorced in 2007.
We all know the ending of the story. Bobby denies ever hitting Whitney. He says she did the majority of it. Bobby has had other run ins but he is now wanting to build a domestic abuse shelter in honor of his daughter Bobbi Kristina.
Ok folks, there you have it. I decided to highlight these 5 ladies because they each have a unique story. A few common threads though is that they all felt protective of the men in their lives. Some went back, some denied the abuse, others took a stand and spoke about it and is committed to helping others. That’s real life. That is the norm that we see. It does take a while to leave. It hurts when the man you love hurts you. Maybe it was a mistake, maybe it was a pattern. Either way they did understand at some point they saw their self worth.
If you or someone you know needs to talk please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233 24/7 these fine folks will be there.