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Christina Milian Opens Up about Domestic Abuse on Her Reality TV Show

Christina Milian just dropped a bombshell on all her fans…she was a victim of severe domestic violence and abuse. The 34-year-old singer and actress opened up on Christina Milian Turned Up and had a frank and touching talk with her mother about her terrifying past.

In a recent episode of CMTU, Milian was getting ready for a publicity event promoting the app Stop Attack.

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Stop Attack is a real-time, emergency assault response app available for Android and IOS. The app allows you to take footage in real-time of any physical or verbal attacks and stores it on a cloud system. Not only can you record the assault, you can also send alerts and notifications to people you choose so people know that you are in trouble.

Milian’s attachment and promotion of the app comes from first-hand experience of being a victim of domestic violence when she was a teen.

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“The domestic violence started slowly and evolved,” Milian told HuffPost Entertainment. “First the controlling phase, ‘Who’s on your phone? Who is this person? Your mom is way too up in your business. You’re 18. You’re an adult.’ He was getting in my head – brainwashing me.”

Carmen Milian, Christina’s mother, was immediately taken back to that time.

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While Christina was in the relationship, her abuser threatened to hurt her family if she ever left and Carmen remembers that fear that kept her daughter going back to her abuser.

The mother-daughter duo believe that the app has the potential to save lives, especially in cases of abuse like Christina’s.

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Even though it was Christina who was being abused, Carmen spoke of how the whole family was impacted by the relationship. She remembers seeing her daughter cover the bruises to keep the family from seeing the evidence as they feared for her life.

“It’s one of the hardest things as a parent to see your child go through an abusive [relationship],” Carmen said during the episode.

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On Twitter, Christina explained why she revealed her story of domestic abuse in such a public way.

And fans have been reaching out to the Afro-Cuban entertainer with positivity and gratitude for showing such strength.

Some fans appreciate Christina for using her voice to bring light to the issue of domestic abuse.

And others are starting to see Christina in a different light.

Kudos, girl.

If you or someone you know is the victim of domestic abuse in the U.S., call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). You can also visit the National Domestic Violence website for more resources.

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In 7 Steps This Cholo Teaches You How To Make Candy Roses

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In 7 Steps This Cholo Teaches You How To Make Candy Roses

Who knew spending 8 years in prison would take Scar from tough street cholo to a Pinteresty, candy-rose maker. Scar learned how to make the flowers out of hard candy to send to his loved ones so they knew he was thinking of them. Awwwwwww, right?! Now you can melt the hearts of your friends too…

Set Up

What You’ll Need:

•Hard Candy – Scar prefers Jolly Ranchers.

•Hot Water – You can place it in your mom’s Tupperware.

•Elote Stick – Be sure you save the sticks from the elotero.

•Ribbon – Scar likes collecting streamers from bautizos and quinceañeras.

•Sheets of Plastic – to wrap the rose.

•Cup – In prison, Scar used empty toilet paper rolls.

•Gloves – These came from those who worked in the maintenance departments.

Place the elote stick in the empty cup with the pointy part of the stick facing up.

Elote

In prison, Scar’s friends would save popsicle sticks to give to him.

Drop the candy in the hot water for a few minutes.

Hot Water

Be sure the water isn’t too hot. Scar recalls the first time he tasted a candy rose was when his cell-mate overheated the rose he was making. The petals were drooping and he handed it to Scar.

“I will never forget the first time I ate one. You have to remember no one makes them to eat. We make them to sell because they’re such a luxury. When I started licking it, it cheered me up so much. It made me forget I was in prison. I remember everyone in prison was staring at me because they couldn’t believe I was eating one. It cheered me up so much.”

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Once the candy is soft, open the wrapper and press the candy until it’s flat.

Pressed Candy

The first time Scar made candy roses, he sent a bouquet out. He surprised his mom, baby mama, his kids, nieces and nephews with their own rose. Scar says he would sometimes give up his food to save money to buy the candy. For him, it was worth the sacrifices because he knew how unexpected and special these surprises were to his loved ones.

Wrap the candy around the stick. And repeat.

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“I had to show my loved ones that even though I’m away, I care. It’s like giving someone a bouquet. You do it to try to show them you appreciate them.”

Take a green candy and layer it as the rose’s leaf.

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“Everyone in prison does something different. Some make necklaces, other make furniture out of wooden sticks. There’s so much craft that goes on in prison. It’s like a Martha Stewart convention.”

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Finally, wrap your rose in the plastic wrap and seal it off with a ribbon.

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¡Y sas! You’re ready to swoop your loved ones off their feet with this candy flower?…

Watch Scar’s DIY, here:

Don’t forget to spread the love like Scar did with his daughter, Eva.

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