Survivors: Stars Who Experienced Domestic Violence

Several of our favorite celebs have suffered abuse.

Rihanna - With tabloids, news magazines and paparazzi, celebrity relationships are rarely private. But some of our biggest stars have silently suffered the same problem that affects one in four American women. Our list of celebs who have experienced domestic violence stars with Rihanna. The 2009 scandal that broke up hip hop's golden couple reminded us that girl power hasn't knocked out domestic violence. However, the pop star revealed in a 2012 interview that she still "feels protective" of Chris Brown at times.  (Photo by Caroline McCredie/Getty Images for Fenty Beauty by Rihanna)

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Rihanna - With tabloids, news magazines and paparazzi, celebrity relationships are rarely private. But some of our biggest stars have silently suffered the same problem that affects one in four American women. Our list of celebs who have experienced domestic violence stars with Rihanna. The 2009 scandal that broke up hip hop's golden couple reminded us that girl power hasn't knocked out domestic violence. However, the pop star revealed in a 2012 interview that she still "feels protective" of Chris Brown at times.  (Photo by Caroline McCredie/Getty Images for Fenty Beauty by Rihanna)

Evelyn Lozada - Evelyn Lozada's marriage to Chad Johnson crumbled less than six weeks after the couple said "I Do" when Johnson was jailed for head-butting Lozada after a vicious fight.  Evelyn revealed Johnson hit her in the past as well, the two have since split.  (Photo: Michael Kovac/Getty Images for AOL)

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Evelyn Lozada - Evelyn Lozada's marriage to Chad Johnson crumbled less than six weeks after the couple said "I Do" when Johnson was jailed for head-butting Lozada after a vicious fight.  Evelyn revealed Johnson hit her in the past as well, the two have since split.  (Photo: Michael Kovac/Getty Images for AOL)

Tina Turner - The singer's notoriously tumultuous marriage to Ike Turner ended in the back seat of a car in Las Vegas, when Tina decided her abusive husband had raised his hand to her for the last time. The couple divorced in 1976, after which Tina found her strength and staged the comeback of her career. "You don't step out and do what I did with my life if you don't have some control there," she later reflected. (Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

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Tina Turner - The singer's notoriously tumultuous marriage to Ike Turner ended in the back seat of a car in Las Vegas, when Tina decided her abusive husband had raised his hand to her for the last time. The couple divorced in 1976, after which Tina found her strength and staged the comeback of her career. "You don't step out and do what I did with my life if you don't have some control there," she later reflected. (Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

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La Toya Jackson - Abuse runs in the Jackson family, and history repeated itself when La Toya married her manager Jack Gordon in 1987. La Toya later claimed the abusive marriage hit rock bottom after Gordon beat her unconscious and left her for dead. The couple divorced in 1997, after which La Toya urged other women, "If he hits you once, I promise you he will hit you again, so please walk away, please."(Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

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La Toya Jackson - Abuse runs in the Jackson family, and history repeated itself when La Toya married her manager Jack Gordon in 1987. La Toya later claimed the abusive marriage hit rock bottom after Gordon beat her unconscious and left her for dead. The couple divorced in 1997, after which La Toya urged other women, "If he hits you once, I promise you he will hit you again, so please walk away, please."(Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Halle Berry - Berry is proof that domestic violence affects more than just the couple involved. In 2010, the actress revealed the impact her father's abuse toward her mother had on her. "I've spent my adult life dealing with the sense of low self-esteem," Berry said, later admitting that she once had a boyfriend who hit her so hard, he left her deaf in one ear.  (Photo: John Sciulli/Getty Images for Fruit of the Loom)

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Halle Berry - Berry is proof that domestic violence affects more than just the couple involved. In 2010, the actress revealed the impact her father's abuse toward her mother had on her. "I've spent my adult life dealing with the sense of low self-esteem," Berry said, later admitting that she once had a boyfriend who hit her so hard, he left her deaf in one ear. (Photo: John Sciulli/Getty Images for Fruit of the Loom)

NeNe Leakes - It's hard to imagine anyone laying a hand on the leader of the Talls, but the Real Housewives of Atlanta star's tough girl act could be the direct result of years of domestic abuse. She described in her memoir, Never Make the Same Mistake Twice, that she was even threatened at gunpoint, and left the eight-year relationship "battered, but not broken."   (Photo: Paras Griffin /Landov)

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NeNe Leakes - It's hard to imagine anyone laying a hand on the leader of the Talls, but the Real Housewives of Atlanta star's tough girl act could be the direct result of years of domestic abuse. She described in her memoir, Never Make the Same Mistake Twice, that she was even threatened at gunpoint, and left the eight-year relationship "battered, but not broken." (Photo: Paras Griffin /Landov)

Robin Givens - Givens has spoken openly about her abusive relationship with boxer Mike Tyson in hopes of influencing other women to speak out. While she stops short of giving advice to other celeb victims, Givens' chilling anecdotes of her years as Tyson's personal punching bag are hard to ignore.(Photo: Brad Barket/Getty Images)

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Robin Givens - Givens has spoken openly about her abusive relationship with boxer Mike Tyson in hopes of influencing other women to speak out. While she stops short of giving advice to other celeb victims, Givens' chilling anecdotes of her years as Tyson's personal punching bag are hard to ignore.(Photo: Brad Barket/Getty Images)

Charlize Theron - As a child in South Africa, Theron lived with an abusive, alcoholic father who threatened to kill her and her mother. When Charlize was 15, her mother, Gerda, shot and killed her father in self-defense. The actress has remained relatively silent about the incident, but did open a pair of rape crisis centers in her native country to help other women.(Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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Charlize Theron - As a child in South Africa, Theron lived with an abusive, alcoholic father who threatened to kill her and her mother. When Charlize was 15, her mother, Gerda, shot and killed her father in self-defense. The actress has remained relatively silent about the incident, but did open a pair of rape crisis centers in her native country to help other women.(Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Keke Wyatt - This R&B singer, who was in an abusive relationship with her husband-manager Rahmat Morton for years, finally said "enough" on Christmas Day 2002. She stabbed Morton repeatedly with a paring knife in self defense. That didn't stop the couple from reconciling and having two more children before finally divorcing in 2010. (Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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Keke Wyatt - This R&B singer, who was in an abusive relationship with her husband-manager Rahmat Morton for years, finally said "enough" on Christmas Day 2002. She stabbed Morton repeatedly with a paring knife in self defense. That didn't stop the couple from reconciling and having two more children before finally divorcing in 2010. (Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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Whitney Houston - The late pop icon's marriage to Bobby Brown resulted in a number of tragedies, one of which was a history of abuse that, Houston once admitted, went both ways. Brown was arrested in 2003 for domestic violence, but inexplicably the couple left the courthouse arm-in-arm the next day. The dysfunctional couple divorced in 2007.   (Photo: Getty Images)

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Whitney Houston - The late pop icon's marriage to Bobby Brown resulted in a number of tragedies, one of which was a history of abuse that, Houston once admitted, went both ways. Brown was arrested in 2003 for domestic violence, but inexplicably the couple left the courthouse arm-in-arm the next day. The dysfunctional couple divorced in 2007. (Photo: Getty Images)

Nicole Brown - It's the nightmare end to routine domestic violence that survivors warn about. When Nicole Brown was found murdered at her home in 1994, all eyes turned to her ex-husband O.J. Simpson, who pleaded no contest to domestic violence in 1989. Though O.J. was ultimately acquitted of Nicole's murder, their relationship serves as a cautionary tale to those in abusive situations.(Photo: FILE PHOTO/ Reuters)

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Nicole Brown - It's the nightmare end to routine domestic violence that survivors warn about. When Nicole Brown was found murdered at her home in 1994, all eyes turned to her ex-husband O.J. Simpson, who pleaded no contest to domestic violence in 1989. Though O.J. was ultimately acquitted of Nicole's murder, their relationship serves as a cautionary tale to those in abusive situations.(Photo: FILE PHOTO/ Reuters)