Reese Witherspoon Opens Up To Oprah About Leaving An Abusive Relationship

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Reese Witherspoon

The ladies of A Wrinkle in Time, Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, and Mindy Kaling  cover the March issue of O Magazine.

The magazine cover includes a powerful question, asking, ‘Where do we go from here?’ which is immediately followed by, ‘What we know for sure: Things between men and women will never be the same.’

Reese Witherspoon

Of course the question, and statement on the cover centers around the sexual harassment allegations that shook Hollywood.

Inside the publication, Reese Witherspoon shared with Oprah that hearing all the sexual assault stories of some of her Hollywood friends, brought back the abuse she dealt with as a child.

Winfrey opened up the conversation by disclosing a personal discussion she previously had with Witherspoon: ‘You said that you, and several other actresses you knew, were having trouble sleeping because it was so hard listening to these accounts.

‘I said, ‘Gee, that sounds like you’re having some symptoms of PTSD,’ and your eyes started to water.’

Reese replied with, ‘Yeah, I remember that. All those things I thought I had dealt with a long time ago, I hadn’t dealt with.’

She continued: ‘A lot of these women with stories are my very dear friends, like Salma Hayek and Gwyneth Paltrow.

‘I was just floored, and then I realized, ‘This is the moment to tell what happened to me when I was young. This is the moment where healing begins.”

Witherspoon told Winfrey the abuse was “psychological, verbal”and there was a moment that made her decide to leave.

“A line got drawn in the sand and it got crossed, and my brain just switched and I knew it was going to be very difficult but I just couldn’t go any further,” she said.

Witherspoon continued, “But it was profound, and I was young. Really young. I couldn’t ever be the person I am today — I was a different person, too. It changed who I was on a cellular level, the fact that I stood up for myself.”

Reese told Oprah that making that decision is what allowed her to become more confident and sure of herself.

“Leaving those situations [isn’t] easy because it’s wrought with self-doubt, particularly if someone damages your self-esteem,” Witherspoon said. “People say to me that knew me then, ‘You’re a completely different person.’ I didn’t have self-esteem, you know? And I’m a different person now. It’s part of why I can stand up and say, ‘Yes, I’m ambitious’ — because someone tried to take that from me before.”

Reese Witherspoon

A Wrinkle in Time hits theaters March 9th

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