Christy Martin, a successful female boxer known for her toughness in the ring, is recovering from the gunshot and stab wounds she incurred on Tuesday. Though her rep assures TMZ that Martin’s injuries “are not life-threatening,” the boxer is still in the hospital with an unknown release date.
Martin is weak, yet coherent, and was able to tell police that it was her husband James who stabbed and shot her on Tuesday.
It may be surprising to find out that Christy is a victim of domestic abuse, but spousal abuse can happen to anyone; famous or not, boxer or not. Let’s take a look at three other people in the public eye who suffered domestic abuse, and what Martin can learn from her predecessors.
1. Bobby Brown
It is widely believed that Bobby Brown abused his wife, well-known singer Whitney Houston, but in a 1999 issue of Redbook Magazine, it was Houston who admitted to hitting Brown:
“Contrary to belief, I do the hitting, he doesn’t. He has never put his hands on me. He is not a woman-beater,” said Houston. “We are crazy for one another. I mean crazy in love, love, love, love. When we’re fighting, it’s like that’s love for us. We’re fighting for love.”
Some speculate that substance abuse was a contributing factor in the tumultuous relationship of Bobby and Whitney, but despite who beat whom first (if at all), the lesson is that, once the cycle is broken, and steps toward spiritual recovery are made, it’s possible to move on and lead a happy life – separately.
2. Robin Givens
Mike Tyson’s ex-wife Robin Givens opened up about her own domestic violence experience on Larry King Live in an attempt to reach out to pop-singer Rhianna after Rihanna’s then-boyfriend Chris Brown was accused of domestic violence.
Givens told Joy Behar, the show’s guest host, that hearing the news involving Rihanna and Brown brought back painful memories for her. Despite the difficulty the star had even then, years later, Givens was able to come out and show support for Rihanna and be an advocate for abuse victims.
3. Loretta Lynn
Loretta Lynn may be small physically, but she has a voice that is strong enough to match her lyrics. Still, this “strong woman,” was not a stranger to spousal abuse, suffering years of abuse at the hands of her husband and manager, “Doo.”
Lynn later wrote a book detailing her life and career, which included her relationship with Doo, titled Still Woman Enough: A Memoir.
Lynn may have not been a boxer, but she is definitely a force to be reckoned with; a strong woman. Lynn is proof that even the most independent, strong-willed woman can fall victim to spousal abuse.