But Murphy said seeing a photo of singer Rihanna's bruised face, taken soon after Brown's admitted attack last February, convinced her to go public with the story.
"I still had no intention to talk to anybody until I saw Rihanna's face and seeing that just brought it all up." "Abuse, it just survives and thrives in silence," Murphy said.
Discovering her talent with dance eventually changed her life and helped her flee the relationship after nine years, she said.
Her ex-husband strongly denied that he ever physically or mentally abused Murphy, whom he married in 1978 soon after they met as teenagers in college.
While some said that Mary was annoying and that they’re glad she’s gone, others said that the show just isn’t the same without her.
The new season opened with Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo sitting beside Nigel Lythgoe as the judges.
She tells Us Weekly her ex-husband - whose name is being withheld but who says Murphy's claims are "flat-out lies" - raped her for the first time three months after they wed. ' He said, ' You're my wife, and you'll do what I tell you!In a statement to the media in mid-January, Fox, Dick Clark Productions, and 19 Entertainment announced the departure of Mary from the show but didn’t give an explanation for her departure. She has been excitedly tweeting about the show’s premiere for days and tweeted throughout Monday night’s premiere show.Immediately prior to the premiere’s airing, Paula pumped her fans up for the episode.US Weekly magazine's current issue offers a detailed version of Murphy's revelations in its cover story.Murphy tells the magazine about a whirlwind romance that began in 1977 when she was a 19-year-old Ohio State University student -- swept off her feet by an 18-year-old who was "extraordinarily handsome." She told King that the marriage began "getting out of control" after just three months when her husband's jealously triggered fights.