Singer and TV presenter Stacey Solomon has spoken out about her experience of an abusive relationship.
Speaking on Loose Women, Stacey said the emotional abuse has had a lasting impact on her personality.
I was in an abusive relationship. It makes you forget who you are. And a part of me feels like I'll never be the same person again. No matter what I do, I'll always be this weird version of myself. Someone has physically changed how I approach life, how I talk to people. How do you ever get back to that person you ever were before?
She went on to describe how she used to be confident and resents the boyfriend who changed her.
I used to be less worried about everything, less worried about what people thought about me and how I behaved. I just thought I was OK – that there was nothing wrong with me. I was quite confident and happy go lucky. I begrudge that person for taking it away from me.
A visibly emotional Stacey then detailed some of the verbal attacks her ex made against her – including wishing her dead.
They can say things over and over again and it does embed in you. When people are happy to wish you dead, or tell you your career is nothing, or your life is nothing, they manipulate you in a way that makes you think it's the normality.