Female Comedian Opens Up About Abuse, Rape With Emotional Instagram Photo
From the outside, one would assume comedian Beth Stelling just had the best year of her life.
In 2015, Stelling released her stand-up record, "Simply the Beth," and starred in a Comedy Central "Half Hour." Her career certainly hit a few highs, but behind the scenes, Stelling's personal life was unraveling.
On Monday, the comedian shared a dark, sad and truly emotionally revealing Instagram photo showing not only her smiling face while on stage, but also photos of her arms and legs covered in bruises she had received at the hands of an abusive partner.
In part, her post reads,
Beth goes on to explain how her ex asked that she not mention him in her standup because "everyone knows who you're talking about." At first, she says, she abided his wishes. But soon she realized that this was her story, not his. Beth adds in her post,
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