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Benoist and Jenner finalized their divorce in 2017, and she married Chris Wood in September 2019. All rights reserved. ", Blake concluded his statement by once again apologizing to Melissa. Instead, she described her former partner as being younger than her and quite mature. Since the end of the hit musical show, Jenner has been pretty low-key and under the radar, only acting in a handful of movies including The Edge of Seventeen. Melissa Benoist is using her platform to speak about domestic violence after her ex-husband, Blake Jenner, made new allegations about their past marriage. Us Weekly has affiliate partnerships so we may receive compensation for some links to products and services. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 for confidential support. "I was made to feel guilty for working as I received calls from my former partner while I was away, threatening self-harm out of depression and a deep-seated feat [sic] of abandonment. While the actress first spoke out about being in an abusive relationship in 2019, the actor confirmed that she was referring to their marriage earlier this month. I wish you and your family nothing but good health, joy and love. But they never broke the cycle, with Blake blaming Melissa for beginning the "mental and emotional abuse. And for myself. I learned to not value any of my property—replaceable and irreplaceable. Blake then added that he wanted to divorce Melissa, but chose not to out of a sense of obligation. Blake Jenner addressed ex-wife Melissa Benoist's accusations of domestic violence. “He’s the best. ", She also recalled the time he threw his iPhone at her eye, which she said motivated her to leave him once and for all. Part of the A360 Media Entertainment Group.Powered by WordPress.com VIP, Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window). News reached out to Melissa's rep for comment but has not heard back. ", However, he wrote that it's "important" to share his account of their time together, because she allegedly "inflicted" pain on him as well. “It’s a moment that I will regret for the rest of my life,” Jenner wrote Thursday. "In speaking about my experiences, I wish there was a way to convey that it is truly not my wish to drag her down in any way. ", He concluded, "After nearly four years since we parted ways, I can unequivocally say that I know who I am and know that I have grown and learned from the mistakes I have made throughout a long period of self-examination and work, but very much understand that I can always learn and continually grow; and I know that is not a lone journey.". After Jenner, 28, admitted that he “emotionally, mentally and yes, physically” hurt Benoist, he accused her of being abusive too. He claimed he also experienced abuse during their marriage. “I’m really excited to talk to you about a number of different things and most importantly because I think it’s so personal to me. And it is something I am still working on forgiving myself for. Benoist said last November that Jenner acted similarly, doing things like forcing her to change clothes when they went out, becoming extremely jealous if she talked to other men and barring her from participating in flirtatious scenes. E! [More Snyde] ‘Legally Blonde 3′ gets its long-awaited release date, [More Snyde] Michael Jackson estate tries to block documentarian from filming ‘Finding Neverland’ sequel: report, Pope Francis calls for civil union laws for same-sex couples: ‘They are children of God and have a right to a family’, Jeffrey Toobin and the m-word: Let’s be honest about what makes this scandal so scandalous, As Trump rages over ‘60 Minutes’ debacle, White House seeks to limit the damage. I learned not to value myself. However, he stated he wouldn't discuss these details out of respect for his ex and to avoid further discussion on the topic, stating, "That is the last thing I believe anyone wants. I was punched in the face,” he wrote. I was physically assaulted in the shower, leaving me with a traumatic injury that I do not want to delve into at this time.”, Jenner also said that he was forced to pass up jobs because Benoist got jealous and that he was isolated from friends and family, “resulting in this toxic relationship becoming the entirety of my world.”. Jenner and Benoist met in 2012, got engaged in 2013, married in 2015 and separated in 2016 before finalizing their divorce in 2017. "The stark truth is I learned what it felt like to be pinned down and slapped repeatedly, punched so hard the wind was knocked out of me, dragged by my hair across pavement, head butted, pinched until my skin broke, shoved into a wall so hard the drywall broke, choked," she recalled. “I wish you and your family nothing but good health, joy and love.”. Last November, Melissa Benoist, known for playing the titular role in The CW's Supergirl, revealed that she is a survivor of domestic violence. I am loving being a parent, I love being a mom, he’s such a sweetheart,” Benoist told Bass about her newborn. “I take full responsibility and accountability for the hurt that I inflicted during my relationship with my past partner — emotionally, mentally and yes, physically,” Jenner wrote in an Instagram post Thursday. “There are many things that I wish I could have done differently; and while I wish it did not take the pain that was suffered throughout the course of our relationship, I will never regress to making the same mistakes ever again.”. My left eye swelled shut. “I was scratched. I am sorry,” Jenner wrote. Blake Jenner—who is Benoist’s ex-husband and Glee costar. Threats and derogatory comments were made regarding female colleagues I had worked or was working with," he alleged. "It's a moment that I will regret for the rest of my life. The star went on to claim "there was mental, emotional and physical abuse inflicted from both ends," writing that he and Melissa consulted with a therapist on how to end the "toxic cycle" they were stuck in. A year later, the CW costars welcomed son Huxley. Your source for entertainment news, celebrities, celeb news, and celebrity gossip. Check out the hottest fashion, photos, movies and TV shows! If I could do anything to take it back, I would. The CW star previously recalled her experience with domestic abuse in Nov. 2019, but did not name her abuser. I was slapped. Blake Jenner addressed ex-wife Melissa Benoist's accusations of domestic violence. “The most important apology — then and now — extends to my former partner. spoke out about being in an abusive relationship in 2019, Melissa Benoist and Chris Wood's Romance Timeline. He stated, "There are many things that I wish I could have done differently; and while I wish it did not take the pain that was suffered throughout the course of our relationship, I will never regress to making the same mistakes ever again. Catch up on the day’s top five stories every weekday afternoon. “Especially in these times — I mean, the rates of domestic violence occurrences are just skyrocketing right now because we’re all stuck at home,” she explained. Melissa Benoist and Blake Jenner Shutterstock “I, too, have had to conceal and make up lies about many visible injuries I had incurred throughout the relationship,” he wrote via Instagram. ", He also claimed Melissa "scratched," "slapped" and "punched" him on numerous occasions, forcing him to "conceal and make up lies about many visible injuries." Benoist said the impact tore her iris and permanently altered her vision. ", He returned to his motivations for speaking out now, almost a year later, explaining that this is part of his healing process. Benoist, for her part, has yet to publicly respond to Jenner’s recent claims. ", A post shared by Blake Jenner (@blakedaflake) on Oct 8, 2020 at 12:58pm PDT, Blake continued, "However, as hard as it has been to come to terms with it and as hard as it is for me to even describe that moment in detail now, whatever the intention may have been I am responsible for the pain that I caused her in that moment and beyond. “I mean in my situation, I was lucky enough, I had the means to get out myself and to really pick myself up but I can’t even fathom not having the resources or the programs if I hadn’t had the means that I did, having the job that I had at the time when I got out of the relationship I was in. Jenner said that he threw his phone “aimlessly” and hit Benoist in the face. If I could do anything to take it back, I would.”, In telling of Jenner’s abuse, Benoist described the phone throw as the final straw in a long line of physical abuse: “I learned what it felt like to be pinned down and slapped repeatedly, punched so hard the wind was knocked out of me, dragged by my hair across pavement, headbutted, pinched til my skin broke, shoved into a wall so hard the drywall broke, choked.”. Blake Jenner has addressed the claims of mental, emotional, and physical abuse made against him by his ex-wife and Supergirl actor Melissa Benoist. Jenner said Thursday that the physical, emotional and mental abuse went both ways in his relationship with Benoist. Last year in April, you announced the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act which is a matter very close to me because I have experienced domestic violence personally, I’ve spoken out about it,” the Supergirl star began via Instagram Live with Congresswoman Karen Bass on Saturday, October 17.
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