Reese Witherspoon opened up to Oprah about leaving a violent relationship.
Reese Witherspoon says leaving a violent relationship changed who she was on a “cellular level.”
In an O Magazine interview with her “Wrinkle in Time” co-stars Mindy Kaling and Oprah Winfrey, Witherspoon revealed she was once in a relationship that is both psychological and verbal abuse.
“A line has been drawn in the sand and it was crossed, and my brain just changed,” the 41-year-old actress said of the moment she decided to leave. “I knew that it was going to be very difficult, but I simply could not go on. It was deep and I was young, very young.”
She continued, “I could never be the person I am now. I Was a different person. It changed who I was on a cellular level. The fact that I stood up for myself.”
Witherspoon went on to say, that when they had no sense of self-worth.
“I’m a different person now, and it’s part of the reason that I can stand up and say: ‘Yes, I am ambitious.’ Because someone tried to take that from me,” she said.
She did not name her alleged perpetrator.
Witherspoon is one of the main voices leading the charge for the Time’s Up movement.
Last year, after Harvey Weinstein scandal broke, the “Big Little Lies” actress came forward with her own story of sexually abused by director when she was 16 years old.
“The understanding was that silence was the condition of our employment. Do you want to work? If you want to get ahead? You do not need to talk,” she said. “But the rules have changed. And with Time’s Up, we make sure that they change for everyone — by providing legal and financial support to women in a workplace who are sexually harassed and are ready to speak.”
Witherspoon is married to Jim Toth since 2011, and she was married to Ryan Phillippe from 1999 to 2007.
This article originally appeared in the New York Post.