On reality shows, it’s pretty hard to keep secrets. Yet one Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star was keeping a dark secret that she finally revealed on Monday’s episode.
Eileen Davidson admitted she is a survivor of domestic abuse. While the events didn't happen recently, she found herself cracking that part of her past open again to help others.
The Young and the Restless star admitted in her Bravo TV blog, "I've been very blessed in my life. I'm a wife, a mother, stepmother, actress, author, and many other things. But these aren't the only labels that define me. I'm also a physical abuse survivor."
Her revelation to the viewers and her cast mates shows that domestic abuse can affect anyone — any race, any class, any woman. It hasn't only happened to Davidson in one relationship, but it happened in two.
"I've been in two of them; once when I was a teenager, and again in my 20s. I know what it means to be in a place where your self-esteem is so low that you believe, maybe even subconsciously, that you deserve to be mistreated," she wrote. "Or maybe you are under a delusion that you can somehow change a troubled partner's behavior with your love."
She then emphasized, "Maybe people might say I don't 'look like' or 'seem like' the kind of person that this could happen to. The truth is, there is no stereotypical victim."
Her brave admission was a result of Yolanda Foster's conversation with the women in Amsterdam. The former model asked her fellow RHOBH friends to "dig deeper" and be more authentic with each other. It looks like Davidson found the right time to share her truth with the other women.
She received support from several of the RHOBH ladies including new cast member Erika Girardi, who expressed her solidarity with Davidson in her Bravo TV blog.
"I applaud Eileen's bravery for sharing her past experiences dealing with domestic violence," Girardi wrote. "It takes a lot of courage to share such a personal story, and it's clear that even though this happened years ago, she's still healing."
Lisa Rinna tweeted her support.
You are so brave and courageous @eileen_davidson ❤️❤️❤️— lisa rinna (@lisarinna) January 20, 2016
Lisa Vanderpump also took a rather interesting approach to the soap star's news in her Bravo TV blog. She showed empathy, but it seemed a little judgmental.
"I have encountered abuse myself at the hands of an ex-boyfriend many years ago. It would seem redundant for me, personally, to relive that traumatic time," said Vanderpump. "For what benefit? Maybe I am that person that can compartmentalize, lock it in a box, and throw away the key....I am not judging others who are still haunted by their experiences. I was fortunate to realize once was a mistake, twice was a lesson."
The Y&R star was clearly touched by the outpouring of love from fans and also dismayed by the fact that so many other women had stood in her shoes.
All I can say is thank you for the outpouring of love. #rhobh— Eileen Davidson (@eileen_davidson) January 21, 2016
I'm overwhelmed. And saddened by the number of women who have been where I have. And still are. Honestly it's mind blowing— Eileen Davidson (@eileen_davidson) January 21, 2016
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