Hollywood Actress, Reese Witherspoon reveals she was once in an abusive relationship which affected her psychologically and physically.
The Big Little Lies star was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey alongside Mindy Kaling for the March issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, in which the trio discussed the impact of the Time’s Up initiative for women across all industries.
After Winfrey asked the most difficult decision the actresses had to make “to fulfill [their] destiny,” the Cruel Intentions actress admitted:
“For me, probably leaving an abusive relationship… I drew a line in the sand, and it got crossed, and my brain just switched. I couldn’t go any further. I was really young, and it was profound.”
The 41-year-old didn’t get too specific, but said she endured both “psychological” and “verbal” abuse. She explained, however, that putting a stop to the abuse changed her “on a cellular level,” adding:
“It changed who I was on a cellular level, the fact that I stood up for myself. It’s part of the reason I can stand up and say, ‘Yes, I’m ambitious.’ Because someone tried to take that from me.”