Eileen Davidson, one of the stars of Bravo TV’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, recently talked about two physically abusive relationships she had in the past. In an episode of RHOBH, the subject was talked about with her other co-stars, and Davidson also revealed more information about her abusive ex-boyfriends in an interview with Jenny McCarthy and Larry Flick on Sirius XM.
“It’s just a process of feeling like you can’t live without them even if they hit you. It’s like, ‘Maybe I did something to make this happen. It’s me.'”
As Radar Online reports, Eileen shared that the abuse she experienced happened in her teens and her early 20s. Davidson further stated that she was “afraid of being alone” and always “had to have a boyfriend.”
“I was very codependent, extremely codependent, and I would break up and I would find a reason to put it on myself like, ‘He hit me because of this. I’m sorry I made you do that.'”
In last week’s episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Eileen Davidson was on a trip with Lisa Rinna, Erika Girardi, Lisa Vanderpump, and Kyle Richards in the Hamptons. While exchanging stories with the women, Eileen opened up about her past and said that she was beaten by an ex-boyfriend, which resulted in a broken nose and a call to the authorities.
Since sharing her past, Eileen Davidson said that she has received numerous messages from women who have also gone through the same experience. In the episode of RHOBH, Eileen said that she chooses to tell her story because it’s important for her to tell women that there is a way out of abusive relationships.
“You don’t have to keep going through the same cycle over and over again and I’m here to tell the tale.”
All I can say is thank you for the outpouring of love. #rhobh
— Eileen Davidson (@eileen_davidson) January 21, 2016
Eileen Davidson is now happily married since 2003 to husband Vincent Van Patten, who also makes brief appearances in The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
One housewife who is sharing her thoughts on Eileen’s violent past is Lisa Vanderpump, as reported by Starpulse. Vanderpump wrote on her Bravo TV blog and questioned why Eileen would want to bring out her past.
“It would seem redundant for me, personally, to relive that traumatic time. For what benefit? Maybe I am that person that can compartmentalize, lock it in a box, and throw away the key…”
Lisa said that she had her share of an abusive relationship, too.
There is one housewife, however, who thinks that Eileen is brave for sharing her story. The new addition to the reality series, Erika Girardi, said that Eileen is courageous for sharing something so personal.
“I applaud Eileen’s bravery for sharing her past experiences dealing with her domestic violence. It takes a lot of courage to share such a personal story.
“I’d also like to thank Eileen for being so kind and genuinely supportive of me. She’s pretty special.”
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