Rev Run's Daughter Angela Simmons Talks about Being in a Physically Abusive Relationship
Angela Simmons recently opened up about her firsthand experience with physical abuse in a past relationship. The reality star has not shared which of her former love interests was responsible for the violence, however.
Angela has had to deal with a lot in the past few years, but the 32-year-old single mom had never revealed she was a victim in a physically abusive relationship.
Last week, Angela, alongside her brother Jojo, and sister Vanessa Simmons, visited “The Breakfast Club” to discuss everything from past relationships to WeTV's reality series “Growing Up Hip Hop: New York.”
“He didn’t step up at all. I don’t expect nobody to do nothing for me; that’s fine, but he didn’t step up.”
It was on the radio show that Angela spoke about her work with women empowerment and how she’s been able to open up about some of her painful experiences.
THE BIG "WHY"
“The reason I do women empowerment stuff is because I’ve been through a lot,” the reality TV personality explained. “I’ve firsthand dealt with abuse and never really spoke out about it, and I know there are a lot of women that are stuck.”
Angela continued to provide the rationale behind her program “Pressure Makes Diamonds,” saying it’s not about what women go through, but how they come out of it.
About her experience, Angela recalled:
“It just starts off small, flicking your head and then next thing you know, things are being thrown at you so it’s like, it just happened so quick and so those conversations really don’t happen with my family until I’m done with it.”
HEALING FROM ABUSE
The daughter of Rev. Run explained that even though she’s in a better headspace now, at the time, she couldn’t even open up to her family because you believe “[The abuse is] not going to keep happening.”
Angela did not say who it was that physically abused her. Still, per MadameNoire, the reality star has been linked to several men in the past, including Bow Wow, a longtime friend and colleague Romeo Miller, and her late ex, Sutton, with whom she shared a three-year-old.
Angela announced her engagement to Sutton in 2016 and welcomed their son, Sutton “SJ” Joseph the same year. By late 2017, however, the couple had split, with Angela hinting that things became toxic.
In May 2018, Angela revealed on “Growing Up Hip Hop” that she had tried counseling with Sutton, but nothing worked. The TV star said she moved on after realizing she wasn’t happy.
Sadly, Sutton would lose his life only six months later in November. He was fatally shot multiple times in his garage at his Atlanta home. Despite their differences, his ex-fiancée was devastated.
Angela flooded social media with heartbreaking tributes at the time and got condolences from fans and friends across the world. One such friend was Romeo, who allegedly promised to always be there.
CALLING A FRIEND OUT
During the same “Breakfast Club” appearance, Angela accused the former child rapper of not staying true to his word. Romeo has reportedly been trying to date his “Growing Up Hip Hop” co-star for a long time.
“If you say that—and I don’t care if we’re filming or not—really mean that because that really means a lot to me, especially with what I have on my plate,” Angela said last week.
“To me, he didn’t step up at all,” she continued expressing her displeasure of Romeo’s alleged actions. “I don’t expect nobody to do nothing for me; that’s fine, but he didn’t step up.”
It’s been over one year since Sutton’s death, and Angela has been holding it down as SJ’s only parent. Her family also chips in, as SJ as being seen hanging out with his uncles, aunts, and his famous grandfather Rev. Run.
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