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In one of the most heartbreaking moments of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills this season (possibly of the whole series), Eileen Davidson revealed that she had been in physically abusive relationships in the past. Eileen had her nose broken and the police were called multiple times before she eventually decided to leave her partner for good.
Eileen had been wanting to share this intimate part of her life with her RHOBH castmates since the group's trip to Amsterdam last season when Yolanda Foster's request to share something that none of the other ladies knew got interrupted by a major fight between Lisa Rinna and Kim Richards. "In Amsterdam, Yolanda inspired me during our dinner conversation when she asked us to dig deeper. I wanted to share this then," Eileen wrote in her RHOBH cast blog on Bravotv.com published Tuesday. "However, that dinner took an unfortunate turn, and it never happened. So, I waited for the right time again to open up to the ladies about this part of my past."
Eileen realizes how shocking it may have been for some viewers to hear that she is a survivor of domestic abuse. "I consider myself a strong woman. I’ve played strong female characters throughout my acting career. I think most people who know me would describe me that way," Eileen wrote. "Being 'strong' doesn’t mean you can’t find yourself in an abusive relationship. It can happen to anyone."
The RHOBH soap star also shared that she had been involved in two abusive relationships in the past, one when she was a teenager and one during her 20s. "I know what it means to be in a place where your self-esteem is so low, that you believe, maybe even subconsciously, that you deserve to be mistreated. Or are under a delusion that you can somehow change a troubled partner’s behavior with your love," she wrote.
Having been with only loving people since, Eileen is thankful that she was able to get out of those relationships and move on to live a happy and healthy life. "Our country is in a domestic violence crisis," she wrote. "I was fortunate to leave my abuse in the past. Many people aren’t so lucky."
Eileen wants those who are unfortunately going through the same thing to know that they also have the strength to leave. "If I can say anything to the many women and men out there who think there’s no way out, it would be: you are not alone," she said. "You can be strong. You can get help. You can leave."
Eileen ended her blog by pointing out a strange turn of events. She said that she had discussed her experience with domestic violence publicly only one time before during a magazine interview in reference to Nicole Brown Simpson after her death. "It’s too strange to be just a coincidence that her death was brought up again, decades later, in the very same episode that I chose to bring my past abuse to light," Eileen wrote, referring to the introduction of RHOBH newbie Kathryn Edwards during the episode, whose ex-husband Marcus Allen was best friends with O.J. Simpson.
Relive that awkward moment from Tuesday night's episode of RHOBH, below.
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