James Lock has sent a message of support to his ex girlfriend Yazmin Oukhellou after the TOWIE star opened up about being a victim of domestic abuse in the past.
James, 35, took to Instagram to comment on Yazmin's post, in which she opened up about her experience. He wrote: "Proud of you," and added a hands up and heart emoji.
Yazmin, 27, first went public with James back in 2017, a year after he'd split from Danielle Armstrong. However, the couple called it quits in 2021.
Nevertheless, James has clearly remained supportive of his ex, choosing to publicly show his pride as Yaz opened up about her experiences.
The star shared her story on her Instagram this week with an honest video in which she discussed domestic abuse.
Alongside the video, Yasmin wrote: "I have been a victim of domestic abuse. Physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I haven’t been ready to speak about it until now but I feel that what has happened to me, as hard as this is to say, it’s like this has happened for a reason.
"So that I can now use my platform for good and help as many of you as I can going through the same as what I did. I was left battered, bruised, fearing for my life on so many occasions and even contemplating ending my own life where I felt so worthless and I just couldn’t see a way out."
Yazmin continued: "I was blackmailed with private photos, beaten up, belittled, made to feel crazy, cheated on and isolated from my family and friends. I now look back and cannot believe how I stayed for so long and how I allowed myself to be treated so terribly.
"Now I am out of it and can see clearly again because anyone in a situation like I was will know what I mean when I say you feel as if your brain feels fuzzy like your not even really here but you are it’s the strangest feeling."
She added: "I look back and think how did I put up with that torture for so long. Making out to the world, my family and friends that I had the perfect life when the reality was worse than you could ever imagine.
"I’ve now created a programme with a team of experts to help you so that you don’t have to suffer or be glued to YouTube videos on 'how to get out of an abusive relationship' like I was or constantly arguing with your friends and family when they say 'just leave him' yet you don’t even understand why it’s not that easy for you to just leave."
Yazmin added that she "only left" when it god so bad her face was "so battered, bloodied and bruised that I knew the next time this happened my parents wouldn’t have their little girl anymore."
She said: "It was then something in me snapped and I knew that I did NOT deserve this torture anymore and that it was NOT my fault even though I was 'mouthy' or didn’t 'think before you speak.'"
Yaz assured fans she has undergone "intense therapy" and was receiving support from friends and family, saying she has now decided to share her story in the hope of helping others.
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