In her latest memoir, There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me, Brooke Shields reveals more details about her turbulent marriage to tennis star Andre Agassi.
The couple tied the knot in 1997 after a four-year relationship, but divorced two years later. Shields claims that Agassi was very controlling and insecure, and that he tried to change her appearance and personality to suit his preferences.
Shields writes that Agassi was obsessed with her hair, and that he once flew into a rage when she cut it short for a role in a Broadway play. He accused her of ruining their marriage and threatened to leave her if she did not grow it back.
He also pressured her to dye her hair blonde, which she did for a while, but later regretted. Shields says that Agassi wanted her to look like his ex-girlfriend, actress Barbara Streisand, whom he still had feelings for.
Shields also reveals that Agassi was very jealous and possessive of her, and that he hated her friendship with actor Matt LeBlanc, who co-starred with her in the sitcom Friends.
She says that Agassi would call her constantly and demand to know where she was and who she was with. He also forbade her from wearing certain clothes or makeup that he deemed too sexy or provocative. He even made her wear his clothes sometimes, which she found humiliating.
Shields says that Agassi was emotionally abusive and manipulative, and that he would often blame her for his poor performance on the court. He would also accuse her of cheating on him or lying to him, even though she was faithful and honest. He would make her cry and then apologize profusely, promising to change and be a better husband. But he never did.
Shields admits that she was too young and naive when she married Agassi, and that she ignored the warning signs of his controlling behavior. She says that she loved him deeply, but that she also felt trapped and unhappy in their marriage.
She says that they tried to make it work, but that they were too different and incompatible. She finally filed for divorce in 1999, after Agassi confessed to using crystal meth during their marriage.
Shields says that she has no regrets about marrying Agassi, and that she learned a lot from their relationship. She says that they have remained civil and respectful of each other, and that they have both moved on with their lives.
She is now happily married to screenwriter Chris Henchy, with whom she has two daughters. Agassi is also remarried to fellow tennis legend Steffi Graf, with whom he has two children.
Shields says that she hopes that her memoir will inspire other women who are in abusive or controlling relationships to stand up for themselves and seek help. She says that she wants to share her story with honesty and courage, and that she hopes to heal from the past and embrace the future.
Final Thoughts: The Importance of Recognizing and Leaving Abusive Relationships
Brooke Shields’ candid account of her tumultuous marriage to Andre Agassi sheds light on the devastating effects of emotional abuse and control. Her experience serves as a cautionary tale for anyone who might be blinded by love and ignore warning signs of an unhealthy relationship.
Shields’ story also highlights the importance of seeking help and standing up for oneself in abusive situations. It takes immense courage to break free from an abusive partner, but it is essential to prioritize one’s own well-being and safety.
Furthermore, Shields’ decision to share her story publicly is commendable, as it may empower other women who are in similar situations to speak up and seek help. By breaking the silence on her own experience, Shields is contributing to the larger conversation on domestic abuse and encouraging others to join in the fight against it.
In the end, Shields’ memoir is a testament to the power of resilience and the possibility of healing from past traumas. While her marriage to Agassi was undoubtedly difficult, she has since found happiness and love in her current marriage and family life. Her journey serves as a reminder that even after experiencing trauma, one can still find hope and joy in the future.