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Jamelia opens up about 'scars' from domestic abuse past

CANDID: Jamelia

UK SINGER Jamelia has opened up about her painful domestic abuse past telling the panel on ITV's Loose women, "I would be on Top Of The Pops one minute and then I would be going home and getting punched in the face."

The pop star beauty, 33, admitted that the mental scars of the harrowing time still remain as she reflected on her experience for the popular programme's series of domestic violence campaign yesterday (Sept 17).

"I am sorry if that's a bit shocking but that was my reality. It is very difficult to say aloud," she said.

"The thing with domestic abuse is it's something you never get over. You can come to terms with it and forgive but the scars will always remain."

The father of the singer's eldest daughter Teja, now 13, beat the singer during their relationship, but it was only after their child was born, Jamelia found the courage to leave him.

She penned 2003 comeback song Thank You, which went on to top the charts, about their turbulent romance after returning to the charts after taking time out for motherhood.

Despite being a celebrity at the time, Jamelia admitted she felt too scared to speak up because she was young and in love with her abusive boyfriend.

It was when their daughter Teja for a month old, that she finally found the strength to leave.

She recalled: "For me, it is when my daughter was four weeks old and he hit me when I was breastfeeding her and it was at that point that I realised that being in a relationship is a choice and I am choosing this and I am going to continue to choose this on behalf of my child. Do I want this to be her reality?"

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