On average, nearly 20 people per minute are abused by an intimate partner in the United States, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. And celebrities are no different. Fortunately, One Love Foundation is working to prevent domestic violence with its latest campaign, #LoveBetter. It focuses on teaching young adults about healthy relationship behaviors and how committing to being healthier in relationships can improve social norms around dating. In honor of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, here are celebrities that have survived domestic violence.
Charlize Theron grew up with an abusive, alcoholic father who threatened to kill her and her mother more than once. Charlize’s mother ended up shooting and killing her father in self-defense when Charlize was 15 years old. The actress doesn't speak publicly much about her father, but she has opened a pair of rape crisis centers in her native country of South Africa.
Christina Aguilera was also abused by her father. According to her mother, she once found Christina at the age of four with blood dripping from her face. The singer now gives back to those suffering from abuse. "I work very closely with a shelter near Pittsburgh. One day I hope to open a shelter of my own," she told Glamour in 2007. "I think it's really important to share my own story with women who've been abused, because going through that experience has lead me to where I am today: It's given me the strength and motivation to be the best that I can be."
Mariah Carey once opened up to Larry King in 2009, telling him about an abusive ex-boyfriend. "For me, to really get out, it was difficult because there was a connection that was not only a marriage but a business thing where the person was in control of my life," she said.
Mariah was inspired to speak out about her abuse after fellow musician Rihanna went public about abuse allegations against her then-boyfriend Chris Brown. Rihanna and Chris got into a bloody brawl when driving home from an awards show in 2009. Chris was arrested for assault following the incident.
Lionel Richie's ex-wife Brenda Harvey was arrested for spousal abuse after she broke into the singer's home and beat him once she found out he was having an affair. The couple tried to make it work after the incident, but divorced in 1993.
Finally, Tina Turner was famously abused by her husband Ike. They had one of the most infamous abusive relationships in history. Ike nearly killed Tina on more than one occasion by beating and raping her. The musician has admitted to abusing Tina.
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