Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Eileen Davidson recently revealed that she was in two abusive relationships in the past and while fans sent her love and support on Twitter, her co-star Lisa Vanderpump questioned why Davidson felt the need to dredge up painful moments from her past.
On her Bravo blog, Davidson stated that she was physically abused by a boyfriend when she was a teenager, and again in her 20s. She admitted that although she considers herself a strong woman, she is painfully aware at how anyone could fall into an abusive relationship.
I’m overwhelmed. And saddened by the number of women who have been where I have. And still are. Honestly it’s mind blowing
— Eileen Davidson (@eileen_davidson) January 21, 2016
“It can happen to anyone,” Davidson writes. “I know what it means to be in a place where your self-esteem is so low that you believe, maybe even subconsciously, that you deserve to be mistreated. Or maybe you are under a delusion that you can somehow change a troubled partner’s behavior with your love.”
The Young the Restless star received an outpouring of support on Twitter from fans and many of her co-stars, but Lisa Vanderpump seemed to be the least supportive of all.
Lisa opened up on her blog about her own experience with physical abuse “at the hands of an ex-boyfriend.” She revealed that the abuse happened many years ago and although she says she is not “judging others,” she questioned why anyone would want to relive painful moments from their past.
“It would seem redundant for me, personally, to relive that traumatic time. For what benefit? Maybe I am that person that can compartmentalize, lock it in a box, and throw away the key….I am not judging others who are still haunted by their experiences. I was fortunate to realize once was a mistake, twice was a lesson.”
Eileen states that she did not just randomly decide to bring up her past. She was inspired by her co-star Yolanda Foster who, during a trip to Amsterdam, asked the Housewives to “dig deeper” and she planned to bring it up then, but waited until she felt it was the right time to “open up to the ladies” about her past.
Domestic abuse isn’t a new topic on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Taylor Armstrong, who was a full-time cast member for the first three seasons of RHOBH, wrote a book — Hiding From Reality — about being physically abused by her now-deceased husband Russell Armstrong.
Taylor, who married Russell in 2005, claims that he first choked her when she was pregnant with their daughter, Kennedy Caroline in 2006. In 2011, Russell committed suicide shortly after Taylor filed for divorce and made her claims of spousal abuse public.