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Jazmine Sullivan Recalls Past Abusive Relationship In Instagram Post

"I used to come and walk around this store for hours just to get away from him..."

 

Earlier this year, singer Jazmine Sullivan experienced the joys of chart-topping success as her latest album,“Reality Show” soared to the number one spot on Billboard’s R&B charts.

In a recent Instagram post, the R&B songstress described less joyful moments.

The Philadelphia native reflected her past and present, sharing an Instagram photo of her standing in the same place she describes escaping to when she was in an abusive relationship. Sullivan wrote of the significance of this place -- a Pier 1 Imports store -- on Instagram. "The last time I was in this store was during my abusive relationship with my ex 3-4 years ago. I used to come and walk around this store for hours just to get away from him and the house," she wrote. "I would cry in here." 

"The workers never bothered me. I guess they could tell a sad girl when they saw her. But today I was joyful, laughing and feeling love from my bestfraan," she continued. "So I'd like to take the time to thank God for who and where I am today. Walking around this store w this happy attitude today may be small to anyone else, but I know from where God brought me. So I just wanted to share. "

Last year, Sullivan revealed that her abrupt retirement from the music industry in 2011 was the result of an abusive relationship, which was coming to a close. In attempt to help alleviate her emotions, the 28-year-old contemplated drug use.

“I just remember the feeling of feeling helpless, and just feeling bad and wanting to be lifted out of that space,” she explained during an interview with HipHollywood. “At the time, the only thing I could think of was -- ‘let me try something different.’”

Having heard her album, we're pretty grateful the songstress stuck with high notes. Stay joyful, Jazmine.  

Check out more of Jazmine Sullivan’s interview in the clip below.

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