This morning Bishop Eddie Long’s wife, Vanessa Long, issued a statement that she was divorcing her husband. But a few hours later Vanessa came out to say that she had changed her mind and that she still loves her husband.
Bishop Eddie Long, an infamously anti-gay preacher, was accused of using his influence to coerce four men into having sex with him. Long denied the accusations and all four of the cases were all settled out of court.
Vanessa said that she filed for divorce in a moment of weakness.
“Upon prayerful reflection, I have reconsidered and plan to withdraw my petition for divorce from my husband, Bishop Eddie L. Long. I love my husband. I believe in him and admire his strength and courage…. My filing followed years of attacks in the media that frustrated and overwhelmed me.”
Earlier in the day, Vanessa Long said that she decided to terminate her marriage to Bishop Eddie Long after a “great deal of deliberation and prayer.” Vanessa’s original statement read:
“After a great deal of deliberation and prayer, I have decided to terminate my marriage to Bishop Eddie L. Long.”
So what changed her mind? WSBTV reports that outside the two statements, Vanessa doesn’t plan to elaborate on her decision not to divorce Eddie Long. The Huffington Post reports that Vanessa and Eddie Long were married in 1990 and they have three children together.
Why do you think Vanessa Long decided to stay with Bishop Eddie Long?