Real Housewives of Dallas star D’Andra Simmons is opening up about her past and shares that she is a survivor of domestic violence.
“Successful women, that it looks like they have everything going for them from the outside, but then there’s a secret they’re hiding,â€ said Simmons.
Simmons says she was hiding her own secret 10 years ago, when she found herself dating someone she thought she could trust. But then, he began to change, becoming violent and over time, it continued to escalate, until it was nearly too late.
“Pulled out a lot of my hair, he broke my fingers, he fractured my skull, I had internal bleeding,” D’Andra told FOX News. “At the end of the time, I remember saying to him, I said, ‘I can’t do this anymore.’ I tried to call out, and all the phones, he destroyed all the phones. They were either broken or he threw them away. I couldn’t use the phone, I couldn’t get out the door. I said, ‘There’s a rifle in the back room, just go, it’s loaded. Just put it to my head and shoot me because I can’t do this anymore.'”
Simmons felt helpless and didn’t know what to do but have the courage to ask for help.
Simmons went to a womenâ€™s shelter, received counseling and became strong enough to walk away. It was part of her life story she didnâ€™t talk about until recently. As a domestic violence survivor, she said she owes it to everyone to talk about it because she can.
“Get the counseling and get the encouragement to be able to leave because I promise you, I was there. I wish I had talked to somebody a long time before I did. If I had, I would have been out a lot earlier,” she said.