Reese Witherspoon reveals how an abusive relationship changed her

Reese Witherspoon reveals how an abusive relationship changed her”

In an O Magazine interview with her "Wrinkle in Time" co-stars Mindy Kaling and Oprah Winfrey, Witherspoon revealed she was once in an relationship that was both psychologically and verbally abusive.

Reese Witherspoon is opening up about a painful period of her life.

Reese Witherspoon says leaving an abusive relationship changed who she was on a "cellular level". "I could never be the person I am today", she explains. During her recent talk with Oprah, the actress and producer said her experience with domestic abuse was what motivated her to develop Big Little Lies, and her resolve as a survivor is a large part of what has propelled her toward such professional success.

Witherspoon's poignant story came in response to Winfrey asking what the "most hard decision" she's ever had to make to achieve her destiny was.

"I drew a line in the sand, and it got crossed, and my brain just switched", Witherspoon says in a filmed segment. "I couldn't go any further".

Reese says she was "really young" at the time, but the experience was "profound".

"I think our culture's more alive and vibrant than it's ever been", Witherspoon said.

Optimistic about the future, Witherspoon adds, "Social media has opened up a conversation that was not possible even 10 years ago. Women are talking about things they've never spoken about, and they're actually being heard".

Though Witherspoon knew that leaving the relationship would be hard, she also recognized the moment when it became necessary.

Kaling agrees, pointing out how society often praises women for appearing "effortless", as if ambition shouldn't be a part of the equation."You're supposed to be "effortless" all the time", she says. Still, Reese seems focused more on what she ultimately gained from that challenging experience. "Then you don't talk", she said.

Witherspoon, Winfrey and Kaling also cover the March issue of O magazine, on newsstands February 13, and the Queen of Talk speaks on the anti-harassment movement Me Too.

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