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Celebrities Who Were Abused

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Abuse comes in many forms. It can be physical, mental, sexual or a combination of horrors. Sadly, several famous people have been molested and abused, physically and verbally. Many of them speak of their past so that other victims can feel empowered to move past their experiences. If you are a victim of abuse and need someone to talk to, call the national hotline at 1-800-799-7233.

Rihanna, for example, was involved in a very public incident of domestic abuse at the hand of her boyfriend, abuser Chris Brown. Photos released after the incident showed Rihanna's face bruised and swollen. The incident occurred the night before the Grammy Awards, and both singers canceled their appearances at the show.

Tyler Perry was a victim of multiple forms of abuse. He discussed the incidents and how he got over them in an interview with Oprah Winfrey:

I think that everyone who's been abused, there is a string to the puppet master, and they're holding you hostage to your behaviors and what you do. At some point, you have to be responsible for them. What I started to do is untie the strings and chase them down to where they came from. And I was able to free myself and understand that even though these things happened to me, it was not me.”

Other famous women who were battered and dealt with violence in their lives include Charlize Theron, Halle Berry, Shakira, and Roseanne Barr.


    Halle Berry grew up with an abusive father. The Oscar winner discussed her difficult past with James Lipton on his show "Inside the Actor's Studio."


    • Age: 54
    • Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America
    • Gender: Female

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    Rihanna was the victim of domestic abuse at the hand of then boyfriend Chris Brown. Brutal photos were released just after the incident showing the pop star with a swollen and bruised face.

    • Age: 32
    • Birthplace: Saint Michael Parish, Barbados
    • Gender: Female

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    Drew Barrymore suffered child abuse and neglect from her father John Barrymore. Drew, growing up a child star, was also introduced to drugs, alcohol, and sex at an early age.


    • Age: 45
    • Birthplace: Culver City, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Gender: Female

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  • Madonna was raped on a New York rooftop when she was just 19. She also suffered mental and physical abuse from her ex-husband Sean Penn throughout their four year marriage.

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    • Age: 62
    • Birthplace: Bay City, Michigan, United States of America
    • Gender: Female

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