Taraji P. Henson Recalls Escaping An Abusive Relationship: I’m Missing A Piece Of My Lip To This Day
Taraji P. Henson, 51, is sharing a piece of her story.
In a new episode of her Facebook Watch series, ‘Peace of Mind with Taraji,’ the ‘Empire‘ actress opens up with entrepreneur Angela Simmons about an abusive relationship and the moment she decided to leave.
In a clip, Taraji P. Henson says,
“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…”
“because it started with the bruises and grabbing, things like that. 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 went on to describe her childhood, citing that abuse was something she experienced in her younger days. She said,
“I grew up around it and at the time I had my son, and I was like, ‘I don’t want my son around this.”
“You can find yourself in any bad situation in life. Guess who it is up to to get out of it? You. That’s it. 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.”
As for her new show, Henson says she and her co-host, Tracie Jade, want to be as transparent as possible, which includes sharing vulnerable stories like these. She said,
“We are trying to heal. Us, Tracie and I. It’s not like I’m some celebrity that said I’m gonna do a talk show and I’m gonna ask people a bunch of questions, no. We are audience members ourselves.”
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