- Taraji P. Henson opened up about a past abusive relationship on her Facebook Watch show Monday.
- The “Empire” star said she’s missing a piece of her lip due to domestic violence she experienced.
- She said that her son, Marcell Johnson, was one of her motivations for leaving the situation.
Taraji P. Henson revealed on her Facebook Watch show “Peace of Mind With Taraji P. Henson” on Monday that she lost a piece of her lip due to a former partner’s abuse.
“Sometimes as women what we do is we fall in love and we go, ‘You know what? I’ll fix it later.’ For me, it was when blood was drawn,” the “Empire” star told her guest, Angela Simmons. Henson said that the relationship abuse “started with bruises and grabbing” and escalated from there, according to Hot 97 (via Yahoo).
“And then once the fist came – I’m missing a piece of my lip to this day – that’s when I knew I had to go,” Henson said.
In the episode, titled “Why Do Women Stay in Hurtful Relationships?,” Henson said that she was also motivated to leave because she didn’t want her son, Marcell Johnson, witnessing the abuse.
Henson also offers women who are considering leaving abusive relationships words of support. “You can find yourself in any bad situation in life. Guess who it is up to to get out of it? You,” said the “Hidden Figures” star. “If you’re not chained to a wall and no one has a gun to your head and says, ‘I’m going to shoot you,’ where’s the power? You have the power.”Simmons also shared a story about abuse in a previous relationship, saying that her situation escalated to the point where she was “jumping out of moving cars” because of her fear. Simmons said, “I never thought in a million years I was going to be that person.”
“Peace of Mind With Taraji P. Henson” airs Mondays at 12 p.m. ET on Facebook Watch.