Malawi’s first female president was married to an abusive man for 10 years. According to The Guardian, Banda was 22 years old when she wed her now ex husband. Coming from a patriarchal society, she did the unthinkable when she finally decided to walk out of her abusive marriage. One of her aims as a female president is to empower women who find themselves in similar situations.
The American songbird found herself in an abusive relationship back in 2009. The Examiner reports that Mariah shared her story of abuse during an interview on CNN’s: Larry King Live show. For about ten years Mariah suffered physical and emotional abuse at the hands of then husband Tommy Mottola. It was difficult for Mariah to let go of her marriage as Tommy was also her manager at the time.
In an interview with The Sowetan, Kelly said that she and kwaito star Molemo 'Jub-Jub' Maarohanye “became very abusive towards each other” during their relationship. In one incident, Jub-Jub hit her in the face leaving a permanent scar. The abuse left Kelly heartbroken,and, after being raised in abusive household, she couldn’t believe that she was once again a victim of abuse.
Madonna married actor Sean Penn in 1985, but their short marriage ended after just 4 years. Madonna filed for divorce after she could no longer take the brutal violence Sean inflicted on her. Despite the abuse she experienced during their marriage, it is rumoured that Madonna and Sean still share vivid chemistry.
Tina survived brutal physical attacks from then-husband Ike Turner. The couple sang together but when Tina decided that enough was finally enough, she left Ike both professionally and as his wife. Their turbulent relationship was depicted in the movie What’s Love Got To Do With It? which was loosely based on her memoir I,Tina.
In a TV interview she did with Oprah Winfrey, Whitney revealed how physically and emotionally abusive her marriage to Bobby Brown was. Their drug addiction made both parties act irrationally, as Whitney said they were both physically aggressive towards each other while high on various narcotics. The couple divorced in 2007 after 15 years of marriage.
The TV chef divorced her husband of 10 years, Charles Saatchi, after an incident at a restaurant where he grabbed her by the throat. According to The Guardian, Nigella left their family home not long after and has stated that she was subjected to mental and emotional abuse that she called "intimate terrorism".
The award winning actress, who grew up in an abusive household where her father physically abused her mother, revealed that an ex-boyfriend once beat her up so badly she lost the ability to hear in her right ear. Having witnessed domestic abuse as a child, Halle realised that she had to get out of the relationship before things got any worse.All images: Getty/Gallo