#WhyIStayed: Meredith Vieira Reveals Past Abusive Relationship [VIDEO]

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For whatever reason, most people don’t think of celebrities being in abusive relationships. Especially highly-respected celebrities. Meredith Vieira has opened up about being involved in an abusive relationship when she was younger, explaining that “it’s not so easy to just get away.”

In light of the Ray Rice controversy that just hasn’t seem to let up, Vieira admitted to her own physical and psychological abuse that she had previously experienced. Meredith said the she stayed partially out of fear, as most women in these situations typically do.

“Because every time we would have a fight he would then start crying and say, ‘I promise I won’t do it again’ and I would feel like maybe I contributed, somehow, to this. And they are saying this about Ray Rice’s wife, that it takes two to tango.”

She finally got away from the toxic relationship when she was offered a job out of state and thought this was her chance to escape. Many women fear that leaving the relationship would somehow make it their fault. Vieira also says that domestic abuse is far more common than people think. The downside that simply that nobody talks about it.

As for what she would say to her own daughter if she were in this kind of situation, Vieira said, “If my daughter Lily, who is now 21, was in an abusive relationship, even if she thought she loved this man, I would say go. Just go. We didn’t have shelters when this was happening to me, there was no hotline. I would say call the hotline.”