Reese Witherspoon On Breaking Free From An Abusive Relationship

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Reese Witherspoon broke free from an abusive relationship at a younger age, which she says helped her grow to be the particular person she is as we speak.

The actress, 41, says she suffered “verbal” and “psychological” abuse from an undisclosed tormentor earlier than she in the end managed to sever ties as soon as and for all.

“It modified who I used to be on a mobile stage, the truth that I stood up for myself,” Witherspoon informed Oprah Winfrey and Mindy Kaling throughout a current sitdown interview for O, The Oprah Journal.

“It’s a part of the rationale I can rise up and say, ‘Sure, I’m formidable.’ As a result of somebody tried to take that from me,” she defined.

Witherspoon’s poignant story got here in response to Winfrey asking what the “most tough determination” she’s ever needed to make to realize her future was.

“I drew a line within the sand, and it bought crossed, and my mind simply switched,” Witherspoon says in a filmed phase. “I couldn’t go any additional. I used to be actually younger, and it was profound.”

Witherspoon, Winfrey and Kaling star collectively in subsequent month’s movie adaptation of “A Wrinkle In Time,” which hits theaters March 9. The film relies off the 1962 fantasy novel written by Madeleine L’Engle.

The trio additionally mentioned the empowering Time’s Up motion that launched earlier this yr and continues to comb the globe.

“I believe our tradition’s extra alive and vibrant than it’s ever been,” Witherspoon stated. “We’re waking concepts which were dormant for a very long time, and it’s terrifying and thrilling. Social media has opened up a dialog that was not potential even 10 years in the past. Ladies are speaking about issues they’ve by no means spoken about, and so they’re truly being heard.”

Witherspoon got here ahead at an occasion for Elle’s Ladies in Hollywood in October to disclose she’d been sexual assaulted by a male director when she was 16 years outdated, including that it wasn’t the one time she’s skilled sexual harassment or assault in her profession.

She stated on the occasion she needed to inform her story after so many different ladies got here ahead with their experiences with sexual misconduct.

“After listening to all of the tales these previous few days and listening to these courageous ladies communicate up tonight about issues that we’re form of informed to comb beneath the rug and to not speak about, it’s made me wish to communicate up and communicate up loudly as a result of I truly felt much less alone this week than I’ve ever felt in my total profession,” Witherspoon stated on the time, in keeping with Deadline.

The March concern of O, The Oprah Journal comes out on Feb. 13.

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