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,Â “The video does touch on domestic violence and some abuse I encountered in my marriage. Itâ€™s not exact to what I went through, because, honestly, what I went through was a little bit worse in some instances.â€
When Billy Bush asked if Kordell hit her, Porsha said,Â â€œYeah. There were several different occasions that this happened.” Adding, “When youâ€™re in an abusive situation, it kind of just builds, and it starts to get worse and worse. And people ask me, why didnâ€™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 wouldnâ€™t be the same. It doesnâ€™t work like that. Iâ€™m still realizing now that a lot of what happened, it wasnâ€™t my fault.Â I blamed myself a lot for that.”
â€œWhen we were going through the divorce process, we had to sit in deposition hearing, and there wasn’t denial, he didnâ€™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 youâ€™re being abused, you still love that person, youâ€™re just trying to love them through it. And youâ€™re trying to pray them through it and youâ€™re not realizing that you canâ€™t change a person, they have to change themselves.â€
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.Â â€œI never went to the hospital. I never reported anything,” she says. “There were, but Iâ€™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 wasnâ€™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, Iâ€™mÂ always trying to live up to what that person thinks of me, itâ€™s hard.â€
Kordell denied ever abusing his wife.Â â€œItâ€™s not true. Iâ€™ve never abused her. Never put my hands on her. Never,” he said.
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