Reese Witherspoon opens up about abusive relationship

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"There's a range of abuse, you know". She went on to explain the psychological and verbal abuse she endured, and the moment she had enough. "It was incredible how when we did 'Big Little Lies, ' how we would sit around, all the women, and talk about [how] each one of us had very specific experiences", she said.

It's not the first time Witherspoon opened up about being the victim of abuse.

Making the decision to leave her partner, whom she did not name, was "profound", she added. Really young. ... I was a different person too. "It changed who I was on a cellular level, the fact that I stood up for myself". "And I saw myself in the mirror, and I realized I had become that woman that would allow myself to be psychologically, verbally assaulted". "So that was my standard, 'I'll never let somebody hit me, '" she said. Physical violence aside, it was his unrelenting psychological destruction of my soul that left me wondering how I would ever make it past the mess I was in. "None of those leaving those situations ... it's wrought with self-doubt, particularly if someone damages your self-esteem". "I didn't have self-esteem, you know?"

In the heat of Hollywood's Time's Up campaign, Witherspoon has been choosing to share her painful experiences with others while championing the cause and speaking out against injustices.

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"I grew up in a house with an older cousin, and her boyfriend used to abuse her". I've changed, which is why I'm especially proud of Witherspoon for pointing out that those changes don't have to ruin you forever.

During an interview with her "Wrinkle in Time" co-star, Oprah Winfrey, as part of "Super Soul Sunday", the 41-year-old actress shares that the "most hard decision" she ever had to make to fulfill her destiny was "leaving an abusive relationship".

Witherspoon's survival story could give hope to others stuck in abusive relationships. Someone almost broke her, but she fought back by standing up and moving on.

She detailed to Oprah that the relationship occurred when she was "very young", and that leaving it changed her "on a cellular level".

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