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What Transpired during Al Green's Abusive Marriage to Wife Shirley Kyles

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Jul 06, 2020
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Albert Leornes Green is famous for his series of hit singles in the early 1970s but is also known to have been in an abusive relationship with his ex-wife, Shirley Kyles.


Albert Leornes Green, known professionally as Al Green, is famous for the hit song, "Let's Stay Together," as well as many other hit songs in the 1970s.

However, he surprised many after he left his musical career at its peak to become a reverend at his church.

Al Green during the 51st Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center on February 8, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images

Al Green during the 51st Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center on February 8, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images


Green married Shirley Kyles in June 1977 at a time when he was the pastor of the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church. The couple was so much in love and their union looked to be a match made in heaven.

However, in 1978, not long before their first wedding anniversary, Kyles filed for divorce. Her reason for doing so was shocking. She said she had been at the end of several brutal beatings from her beloved husband.


After so many back and forth with their divorce, the former couple finalized their separation in 1983. Years after their divorce, and spurred by Nicole Brown Simpson's abuse story, Kyles found the courage to come forward and break her silence. She said:

"I know that I have to share. It's not to tear him down, because that's still my children's father. I still pray for Al's soul..."

Kyles also said that she was sustained, during those dark days of her marriage, by prayers and faith. The couple shares three daughters, Alva, Rubi, and Kora, who were too young to remember their father beating their mother.


Green, under oath, admitted to beating his wife saying domestic violence existed in their marriage right from its inception, though he later claimed that it was not without provocation.

Despite a successful musical career and his life as a preacher, the soul man has always had a lifelong quest to tame his loneliness .

Some of the instances when Green beat Kyles included a time he hit her on the head with a boot for refusing to have sex with him while she was five months pregnant.

Despite all these, she kept going back to him, even after filing for divorce, because he always promised to change. But when Green, in a counter-complaint for divorce, accused Kyles of cruel and inhumane treatment, she knew the marriage was over for her.


Kyles said that by telling her story, she was trying to help someone out there see that there was another way, a way out of an abusive marriage, though it was not always apparent for her.


Green remains a musical prodigy, with two of his songs, "Let's Stay Together," and "Take Me To The River" inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

He is also a "Kennedy Center" Honoree, an inductee into the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," and the "Gospel Music Association's Gospel Hall of Fame," among many other honors.

Despite a successful musical career and his life as a preacher, the soul man has always had a lifelong quest to tame his loneliness, which played a helping hand in his musical style and success.

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