The actress Melissa Benoistknown for embodying Supergirl in the television series of the same name, took a step forward in the visibility of machismo and the gender-based violence the count in the social networks that she has been the victim of the aggression of her partner.
As explained in a video on Instagram, the u.s. began a relationship with a man younger than herthat had begun as a friend, and that made her feel “special and that was worth it”. After a while, the relationship became a nightmare: “I am a survivor of domestic violence”described.
At the beginning, the abuse was psychological because of the “insecurities and depression” from your partner. In his story, he explained that it would jealous every time he spoke with another man, manipulating, criticizing the clothes she wore, we controlled the cell phone and the computer, and he got annoyed to accept job offers where I had to kiss with other. Because of this pressure, Benoist came to decline job offers. But the worst was still to come.
Melissa Benoist in the skin of “Supergirl”, the tv series.
“I learned what it feels like to be pinned and slapped repeatedly, hit with so much force that I felt that I was left without air, dragged by the hair along the ground, hit in the head, tweaked until I broke the skin, crashed against the wall, drowned” revealed the american in the video.
Melissa Benoist told that it came to decline offers of work by domestic violence. (@melissabenoist)
In that time he developed a great capacity for pretend normality and behave as if everything is fine in your life, so that he did not dare to leave for fear of what may happen to your partner. Until one day he said just after one of the worst assaults: you threw an iPhone to the face, I broke the iris of the eye and also the nose.
The poster of “Supergirl”, with Melissa Benoist.
Despite the violence, she tried to eye the episode: in the hospital said that “had fallen”. However, it soon began to assess with friends: I was a victim of gender-based violence.
Melissa Benoist participated in the series “Supergirl” and “Glee”, among others. (@melissabenoist)
“Leave it was not easy. It is not an event but a process”, he explained. What your goal with this video? Give visibility the women who are in this situation and give them force to decide to change her life as she also did.
“By sharing this story, with a little luck I will be able to empower others to seek help and be free of abusive relationships. Everyone deserves to be loved without violence, fear and physical damage,” he said.
Blake Jenner, the alleged perpetrator
Fans of the actress, also known for her role in the film Whiplash (2014) or the series Glee, did not take long to connect the dots: between 2013 and 2017 was married with the also actor Blake Jenner, four years younger than she and with whom they met during the filming of Glee.
Melissa Benoist and Blake Jenner, when they were still a couple. (Photo: EFE)
After a rupture in which she argued “irreconcilable differences” and in which there was a rumors of violencein September of 2019 Benoist married Chris Wood, who he first met in the filming of the second season of Supergirl.
Melissa Benoist and her current husband, Chris Wood. (@melissabenoist)
So soon, after his testimony, thousands of messages of support flooded the social networks. One of them came from the writers of SupergirlGreg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter.
“Melissa Benoist is an actress, both on screen and outside of it. It is an extraordinary woman and we are proud to be with her”you can read in the Twitter account of Schechter, in a text signed by the two writers.
Source: La Vanguardia