Reese Witherspoon Reveals How Escaping An Abusive Relationship Saved Her Life

In an interview with Oprah, Reese Whiterspoon opened up about how leaving an abusive partner was the hardest thing she’s ever had to do in her life.

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The 41-year-old actress talked about her own experience with domestic violence. She revealed that the toxic relationship crushed her soul, damaged her self-esteem and that leaving it was the best decision of her life.

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She talks about walking away from the relationship as a change ‘on a cellular level’. Practically, the actress said escaping the abusive relationship saved her life.

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“I could never be the person I am today. It changed who I was on a cellular level, the fact that I stood up for myself.”

“A line got drawn in the sand, and it got crossed, and my brain just switched,” she explained to O Magazine. “I knew it was going to be very difficult but I just couldn’t go any further. But it was profound and I was young.”

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“None of those leaving those situations … it’s wrought with self-doubt, particularly if someone damages, particularly if someone damages your self-esteem.”

“I didn’t have self-esteem. I’m a different person now and it’s part of why I can stand up and say, ‘’yes, I’m ambitious’ – because someone tried to take that from me before. “People say to me that knew me then, ‘You’re a completely different person.”

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Her own tough experience motivated her to get involved in the production of ‘Big Little Lies‘, a show that has enjoyed big success.

Watch the conversation in full, here.