Porsha Williams is making her rounds in the press to explain her behavior during the Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion, but while appearing on Access Hollywood Williams dropped a bombshell claiming that her ex-husband Kordell Stewart used to physically abuse her.
Promoting her song, Flatline, Williams explained, “The video does touch on domestic violence and some abuse I encountered in my marriage. It’s not exact to what I went through, because, honestly, what I went through was a little bit worse in some instances.”
When Billy Bush asked if Kordell hit her, Porsha said, “Yeah. There were several different occasions that this happened.” Adding, “When you’re in an abusive situation, it kind of just builds, and it starts to get worse and worse. And people ask me, why didn’t you tell anybody or call the police or what have you? I thought that I could make it better. I honestly thought after each situation I would change this or I would change that, and therefore the outcome wouldn’t be the same. It doesn’t work like that. I’m still realizing now that a lot of what happened, it wasn’t my fault. I blamed myself a lot for that.”
“When we were going through the divorce process, we had to sit in deposition hearing, and there wasn’t denial, he didn’t deny it,” Porsha reveals. “A lot of women who are in situations like I was in, I wanted to make it better. I was praying every day. I was cooking. I was smiling. The outside appearance was as if nothing was happening. Even though you’re being abused, you still love that person, you’re just trying to love them through it. And you’re trying to pray them through it and you’re not realizing that you can’t change a person, they have to change themselves.”
Host Billy Bush continued to ask questions about the abuse and if Porsha had ever been to the hospital from Kordell’s alleged violent attacks. “I never went to the hospital. I never reported anything,” she says. “There were, but I’ll tell you the ones that have stuck with me the most is the mental abuse. I had so much pride in being a wife and being a mother and what that meant to me was big. So for me to be told that I was lazy, and that I was stupid and that I wasn’t good enough and that nothing I could do was right, that was really, really hard on me. As a housewife you’re trying to be the best and when someone is constantly ridiculing you, I’m always trying to live up to what that person thinks of me, it’s hard.”
Kordell denied ever abusing his wife. “It’s not true. I’ve never abused her. Never put my hands on her. Never,” he said.
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