Celebrities who were victims of domestic violence

1. Will Smith

In Will Smith’s 2021 memoir, the actor revealed that his father, who passed away in 2016, was extremely violent towards his mother. 

“My father tormented me. And he was also one of the greatest men I’ve ever known,” Smith writes in “Will.”

“He was one of the greatest blessings of my life, and also one of my greatest sources of pain.”

He shared that he felt guilt and shame for being unable to protect his mother, and vowed to avenge her when he was strong enough.

At one point, when he was wheeling his elderly, ailing father to the bathroom one night, he says he considered pushing him down the stairs. 

2. Halle Berry

The Academy Award-winning actress grew up watching her mother be beaten by her father and Berry, unfortunately, fell into the same cycle.

At The Mayors Fund Benefit in New York, the actress shared her story of being physically abused.

3. Rihanna

The singer opened up about the repercussions of the 2009 incident where there was Pictures of her bruised face surfaced after the assault in Brown’s car after a brutal altercation with her then-boyfriend Chris Brown in 2009.

In the documentary ‘Chris Brown: Welcome to My Life’ the rapper admitted, “I remember she was trying to kick me.

It was just her being upset. But then I really hit her. With a closed fist, like I punched her and it busted her lip. And when I saw it I was in shock.”

4. Tina Turner

The biopic ‘What’s Love Got to Do With It’ confirms the brutal abuse the iconic singer Tina Turner underwent at the hands of her husband Ike Turner.

Her husband nearly killed the singer on several occasions and forced himself on her sexually. Turner put an end to the abuse in 1976 and filed for divorce.

She then went on to have an extremely successful career.

5. Whitney Houston

The legendary singer’s 15-year marriage to Bobby Brown can be easily described as tumultuous. During this time Brown has admitted to physically assaulting Houston.

In 2003 the police responded to a domestic violence call at the couple’s home and found Houston with a bruised face and a cut lip. Brown and Houston ultimately divorced in 2007.

6. Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland is revealed a lot of hardship in her single, “Dirty Laundry,”  A former boyfriend was physically abusive (“Meanwhile this nigga putting his hands on me…)

That same boyfriend was also verbally abusive (“He pulled me out, he said, “Don’t nobody love you but me…Not your mama, not your daddy, and especially not Bey

7. Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian’s first marriage was in 2000 at the tender age of 19. The model eloped with music producer Damon Thomas to Las Vegas and married him despite her family’s reservations.

Three years later she divorced Thomas for physically abusing her.

8. Dwayne Haskins

Although most victims of domestic violence are women, men can experience it, too.

In July 2021, the former Ohio State Buckeyes football player and his wife, Kalabrya Gondrezick-Haskins, had an altercation in their hotel room at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

“The pair got into an argument. The conflict escalated, with Gondrezick-Haskins allegedly punching her husband in the mouth, causing him to lose a tooth, according to a police report. “

9. Tyler Perry

One of Hollywood’s most successful Renaissance men, Tyler Perry began life as Emmitt Perry Jr., a name he changed to distance himself from his abusive father, who had an alcohol addiction.

But his father wasn’t the only abuser in Perry’s young life. 

When he was 10, a friend’s mother sexually assaulted him. And his grandmother bathed him in ammonia to rid him of his allergies.

10. Madonna

Madonna still describes Sean Penn as the love of her life, even though he was charged with domestic violence in 1988.


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He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and a year later they were divorced. Madonna and Penn met in ’85 and were married soon afterward.

During their short marriage, Sean Penn was alleged to have had frequent violent outbursts both towards his wife and towards others.