In a statement posted on her private Instagram account, Janay Rice said she is living through a horrible nightmare and blamed the media for ruining the life of the man she loves, Ray Rice.
Ray Rice was suspended by the NFL yesterday after a video of him knocking Janay out in an elevator was released.
Janay said the media and others' "unwanted opinions" had forced the couple to relive a moment they regretted every day of their lives.
She stood by her husband and said the couple will "continue to grow and show the world what real love is."
The full statement is:
"I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I'm mourning the death of my closest friend. But to have to accept the fact that it's reality is a nightmare in itself. No one knows the pain that the media & unwanted options from the public has caused my family. To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret every day is a horrible thing. To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his ass of for all his life just to gain ratings is horrific. THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don't you all get. If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you've succeeded on so many levels. Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is! Ravensnation we love you!"
Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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