[New York Daily News] Reese Witherspoon broke free from an abusive relationship at a young age, which she says helped her become the person she is today.
The actress, 41, says she suffered “verbal” and “psychological” abuse from an undisclosed tormentor before she ultimately managed to sever ties once and for all.
“It changed who I was on a cellular level, the fact that I stood up for myself,” Witherspoon told Oprah Winfrey and Mindy Kaling during a recent sit-down interview for O, The Oprah Magazine.
“It’s part of the reason I can stand up and say, ‘Yes, I’m ambitious.’ Because someone tried to take that from me,” she explained.
Witherspoon’s poignant story came in response to Winfrey asking what the “most difficult decision” she’s ever had to make to achieve her destiny was.
“I drew a line in the sand, and it got crossed, and my brain just switched,” Witherspoon says in a filmed segment. “I couldn’t go any further. I was really young, and it was profound.”
BG Note: This is not about the director in the Similar blind item. Reese Witherspoon is married to Jim Toth. She is divorced from Ryan Phillipe (1999-2006). She previously dated Jake Gyllenhaal (2007 – 2009), Mark Wahlberg (1995 – 1997), Stephen Dorff (1994), Chris O’Donnell (1993) and Jeremy Sisto (1992).
[Optional] Has anyone ever tried to talk you into being less ambitious or less successful?