Amy Schumer Opens Up About Abusive Ex-Boyfriend, Thought ‘He Was Going To Kill Me’
Amy Schumer’s life has always been an open book, and now that book is available for fans to read. The comedian released her first book titled The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo on Tuesday, August 16 and wrote candidly about her life story. In a particular excerpt from her newly released memoir, Schumer opened up about her relationship history and bravely revealed that she was a victim of physical abuse from an ex-boyfriend.
The Trainwreck star alleged that she suffered domestic abuse at the hands of her ex-boyfriend, whom she refers to as Dan in her book, E! News reported. The normally funny girl took the time to speak out on a very dark and very serious part of her past.
In an excerpt from The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo, the Inside Amy Schumer star claimed that her ex, Dan, left her bruised on multiple occasions. During a particular fight, she banged her head and elbow against a car after her ex shoved her, according to Us Weekly. Although she tried to run for her safety, the fight quickly escalated, and Dan got more and more physical.
“I was screaming for him to stop, when he grabbed a butcher knife from a drawer,” she wrote. “And that’s when I was sure he was going to kill me. It may sound cliche, but I saw my life flash before my eyes.”
Schumer warned readers that domestic abuse and unhealthy relationships can happen to anyone, and she shared a comforting message to anyone who has gone through similar events in their past.
“You’re not alone,” she wrote.
She explained that Dan’s aggression towards her grew increasingly worse, and she would leave the apartment they shared together, and once she even cried in a Starbucks bathroom. She said that even though she felt that she should leave and return to the East Coast, she was conflicted because she thought she was in love.
“I think somewhere in the course of our relationship, I started to confuse his anger and aggression for passion and love,” Schumer explained. “I actually started to think that real love was supposed to look like that. The more you yelled at each other, the more you loved each other. The more physical and demeaning it got, the more you were really getting through to each other. And the more I was willing to stand by him, the more he’d understand I truly loved him and that we should be together forever.”
Even though she endured abuse at the hand of a former lover, Schumer was able to find the strength to leave. Now, the 35-year-old is in a serious relationship with her current boyfriend, Ben Hanisch, who is a Chicago-based furniture designer and creator, People reported.
Schumer revealed that she met her new beau on a dating app for creative types at the suggestion of her friend, Vanessa Bayer, The Wrap reported. It only took her about 48 hours to connect with Hanisch, and the pair have been together ever since.
And while Schumer doesn’t mention her man much in her new memoir, she does share other anecdotes about the defining moments in her life between the ages of 13 and 23 that made her the person she is today, as previously reported by the Inquisitr. She detailed the moment she found out about her parent’s divorce (because of her mother’s affair with her childhood best friend’s father) and revealed the non-consensual way she lost her virginity at 17-years-old.
The New York City native also opened up about her father’s battle with multiple sclerosis, gave readers a behind-the-scenes peek into her press tour for her 2015 film Trainwreck, and chronicled her rise to fame.
[Photo by Mike Coppola / Getty Images]