Kate del Castillo has starred in telenovelas since she was a young girl and has been in the limelight basically her entire life. While some of her fans know about her turbulent marriage and divorce to Mexican soccer star Luis García, Kate recently opened up about the pain she endured during this time of abuse hoping to encourage women to walk away from any kind of abusive relationships.
Kate del Castillo opened up about the alleged domestic abuse she experienced while she was married to soccer player Luis García.
The video was released by Real Women Real Stories is “a social project designed to promote awareness of the often unseen hardships women face in different professions and places around the world.”
In the video, Kate says that when she met Luis she was 27 and thought he was very handsome and charming.
She said that they dated for almost one year before he proposed. Kate said that looking back now she realizes “There was something in the back of my mind that was like a red light, saying something’s not right.” But added that she was in love and didn’t see those signals.
After only dating for about a year, the couple got married. Kate said things went wrong during their honeymoon.
“My honeymoon was terrible,” Kate says in the video. She said she’d wait for him to go to sleep so she could cry alone. “I knew things would not be okay.”
“I thought that I had good self-esteem but this man broke me in many, many ways.”
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“Even with my work, he would tell me that I’m a horrible actress that I should go and take classes. Every single day he would say, ‘Oh my god, you woke up uglier than yesterday,’ and he would laugh.”
She said it was comments like that that ultimately affected her self-esteem.
“He was the star and he thought that he was the star, but I was a star as well. I was very well known in Mexico, and he didn’t like that.”
Kate said that at first, she only experienced verbal abuse, and then it became physical.
“Then he started touching me and hitting me and kicking me — he tried to choke me many times.”
She said that the marriage only lasted a year and a half but to her, it felt like ten years.
Kate said that she knew she had hit rock bottom when she didn’t recognize herself anymore.
“There was one moment that I clicked eyes with myself, and what I saw devastated me because I was very skinny, I looked old, I looked ugly and of course unhappy. That’s why I’m so pissed about it — it’s not being a victim it’s that who can come and tear you apart and break you, just like that? How easy is that?”
She said she knew she wasn’t happy and that’s not the person she was.
After looking at herself, she said she didn’t want to see herself in that light anymore. She knew she had to do something. When he went away for the World Cup in Japan, she packed her bags and left.
After walking away, she worked on rebuilding her confidence and self-respect. She says that was the toughest part.
She says the most frustrating part of this relationship was the self-respect she lost. She was in shock that another person could tear her apart and traumatize her for the rest of her life.
Kate came forward about her story because she wants to help other women.
“I don’t sacrifice not for my family, not for my career, no. If I do anything it’s because I think it’s for the best. If I give away my things or my emotions or whatever, it’s because in the end I think it’s going to be for the better, and that makes me feel amazing. But there’s no sacrifice. We don’t need to sacrifice. Women, we don’t need to apologize, for anything, for anything. For being a woman? Of course not.”
Luis did respond to her allegations by basically not denying that it happened.
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According to Telemundo, he said: “I was very careful to say absolutely nothing, I did not say it several years ago, 15 or so, I will not say it now. For me it was a closed chapter. ”