Lisa Snowdon has revealed she was once in an abusive relationship and that her modelling career gave her an escape.
The star, 49, said the relationship started off as being mentally abusive but became physical and she suffered injuries such as a black eye and a broken arm.
She said she didn’t tell anyone because her boyfriend told her if she did he would kill her and them.
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Opening up on the She Loves Herself podcast, Snowdon said she tried to leave many times but that her boyfriend would find her and “drag” her back.
She said: “I was in a really bad relationship, it was five years of being in this… which started to be mentally abusive and then physically abusive, so it was like my escapism going to work obviously.
“I was on these shoots and it was back when they would do a lot of make-up, so they would shave your eyebrows, pluck them to about there and then draw them on really high arched, and it was like, a lot of escapism, a lot of really great make-up, a lot of really creative shoots, so I could go in, almost like an actress and create this new character for the day.”
Sharing more details, Snowdon discussed how she could be attracted to the wrong people in the past.
“It was this doting, lots of attention, lots of love, which is what you want, because the inner child is craving that like ‘Just love me love me love me’, and then somewhere along the line, it flips,” she said.
Snowdon said when she tried to leave her boyfriend he would always find her, and took her back, which she said was “terrifying”.
Eventually she turned to a mutual friend for help.
She said: “I confided in him one day and he said, 'Something bad is going on in this relationship'.
“I said, ‘I need your help, I really need your help,’ and he said, but I’m friends with you both, you are putting me in a…
“And I said, ‘Please help me, you need to save me’.
"I’d had a broken arm, I’d had a black eye, there was loads of things that had happened, it was proper physically abusive.”
The friend agreed and the star managed to flee the relationship.
Snowdon is now in a happy relationship with entrepreneur George Smart.
The couple have been engaged for four years.
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