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Love Gone Wrong

Updated: Mar 8

6 Horrific Stories of Celebrity Domestic Violence


The past couple of years has been wrecked with shocking allegations of prominent entertainment figures misusing their position to hurt, and exploit workers, and aspiring artists. Some of the most recent news is extremely unsettling to say the least. But what happens when the horrific behavior comes from a loved one, a spouse or beau?  That is the case with the following true life love gone wrong stories.


A quick astounding factoid, on an average, four people are killed daily by a loved one. Both men, and women are victims of domestic abuse. For clarity, let's define domestic abuse. Domestic abuse is a pattern of behavior in which one person uses power and control over another within a domestic relationship. For further clarity, domestic typically refers to things that are related to the home or family.


This can include physical violence, emotional abuse, financial control, and other forms of manipulation. .I wish I could say that all the stories I’m about to share with you ended well.. The truth is most of them end badly. In some instances near fatal injury, and even death.. If you or someone you know is in a potentially harmful relationship please feel free to use or share the resources listed at the bottom of this article. Our first story is traumatic, tragic, and unfathomable.


 


Our first true life story starts with Al Green, often hailed as one of the greatest soul singers of all time. He left an indelible mark on the music industry with his powerful vocals and timeless hits. From his modest beginnings in Arkansas to international stardom, Green's journey is a testament to the incredible influence of soul music. 





Al struggled with anger issues for much of his life eventually finding peace as a pastor in his later years.. His iconic collaboration with Texas legend Lyle Lovett only further punctuated his status in the annals of music history by earning, yet another Grammy. 


Throughout his career, Al Green covered several Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson songs, but it was his Hank Williams cover of  I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry that stands out..





Unfortunately, Al knew a little about heartbreak, and literal pain.

On October 18, 1974, Al Green was attacked by his ex-girlfriend Mary Woodson, who poured scalding-hot grits on him and then killed herself in his home. This event was traumatizing, and ultimately led Green to reevaluate his life, and eventually renounce pop superstardom in favor of his newfound Christian faith. Green was left physically and emotionally scarred by the incident. 


Al is a Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, Songwriter Hall Of Fame, and Gospel Music Hall Of Fame inductee. He has earned eleven Grammys and is the recipient of the very prestigious Kennedy Center Honors.

 

Trace Adkins shot by wife
Trace Adkins

Trace Adkins is probably one of the most recognizable names and faces in country music. From singing to acting to supporting our troops, he has demonstrated consistently that he has a heart for giving back, and career endurance. From a small town in Louisiana, he played football briefly for the Tech Bulldogs when he was in college while focusing on music as well. A chance meeting with a former major label publicity manager changed his life forever. The person in question is Rhonda Farlow, who became his second wife, and the mother of three of his five daughters.


But it’s his second wife Julie Lauren Curtis who may have inflicted the most pain to Trace only a few short years before his breakthrough platinum selling debut. In 1994, after an evening of drinking, Trace came home, and Julie confronted him. They got into a heated argument that became physical.  Julie attempted to call her mother, but Trace smacked the phone off the wall, and threatened her. She in turn, shot him right through the heart.


Trace had to undergo several surgeries, and was left with the scars of the night permanently etched in his memory, and skin.  Mr. Adkins persevered through several near fatal events in his life, but fortunate for us, he has vanquished them all. Trace is a 10x platinum selling artist, has earned multiple ACM awards, three Grammy Nominations, and a member of the Grand Ole Opry.





 

Randy Travis is undeniably one of the artists that brought traditional country back to the top of the charts in the 80’s and 90’s along with Alan Jackson,  Dwight Yoakam and George Strait. Randy has topped the charts 16 times, and has won seven Grammys. Regretfully, he gravitated towards drugs, and alcohol early in life, and by the time he was a teen, he had been arrested multiple times. 


Those dark days moved past him when he started experiencing success in his career once he moved to Nashville. Unfortunately, he experienced significant financial loss after the divorce from his longtime manager Libby Hatcher. Tragedy would strike another chord by way of a trusted stagehand that worked with Randy for over twenty years.


In 2023, Thomas Robert stepped onto his front porch in Nashville on Sunday, July 9th, and was greeted by his wife Christine as always.  Except this time, she suspected he was cheating on her, and killed him with one single shot.


Randy was visibly shaken by the tragic turn of events. He posted on social media tributing his old friend, describing him as a gentle giant with a song in his heart. At Randy’s next show the stage was dimmed for Thomas.





 

There are fewer things that can be as tragic as a murder suicide.

The Oscar nominated singer Alison Moorer, and her sister Shelby Lynne, a fellow musician/singer, and Grammy winner. They both experienced this devastating double loss in 1986.


Alison's courageous memoir Blood details the shocking and highly personal story of her mother Laura Lynn Smith Moorer, and her father Vernon, an aspiring songwriter, and school teacher in Mobile. Her father unfortunately struggled with alcohol, and violence directly impacting his young family for years.


Laura Lynn showed incredible strength, and valor when she decided to leave Vernon as many domestic violence victims do not leave.. With her daughters in tow, she rented a house. Sadly, Vernon, Alison states was possibly broken by the departure of his wife, and children. When a victim of violence leaves their abuser, they are at the highest risk of danger.


On August 12, 1986, Alison was awakened by gunshots.

When she came to the door, she found her mother and father dead in the front yard. Her father killed Laura Lynn, and then killed himself.


Alison says the tragedy marked her, and Shelby's life forever. Thankfully, both sisters have found success in their respective careers. Additionally, Alison gave birth to a son with her ex husband 3x Grammy award recipient Steve Earle.

Their son's name is John Henry. She attributes part of her grief recovery to being a mother to a boy. It helped her see things from a different perspective. At this point in her life, she can honestly say that she loves, and forgives her father.





 

One of the most calamitous events in music history happened on March 5th, 1963 when an airplane crash near Camden, Tennessee claimed the lives of Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, and Hawkshaw Hawkins. The latter was married to fellow Opry star

Jean Shepard.



Patsy Cline, Hawkshaw Hawkins death

Hawkshaw, and Jean were parents to their only born son at the time Don Robin Hawkins. They were also expecting their second child, who was born one month after Hawkshaw’s unexpected death. 


Jean eventually married fellow country singer Benny Birchfield, and they remained married until her death in September 2016. She was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011. Jean's oldest son Don had a beautiful daughter Icie Sloan whose life also came to an unfathomable end just two months after her mamaw’s passing.


Jean Shepard's granddaughter killed by boyfriend


 In 2016, 18 y/o Icie started dating Travis Sanders, but the relationship turned awry quickly. Icie’s cousins did not like him, citing everything from hygiene, and overall bad vibes. A Daily Mail article also mentioned a clawed hand, and other things that have not been verified through other news sources.

On December 17th, 2016 at approximately 3:00 AM, Benny returned home to hear loud noises coming from the basement where Icie lived in his home. 


When he went downstairs, he found Icie lying on her bed in a pool of blood. Travis then lunged at Benny and slashed his face, and neck, but Benny was able to get his 38 out and fired six shots at him. He died instantly. Benny survived. How incredibly heartbreaking to experience two losses just mere months from each other!


Icie was buried next to her legendary biological grandfather, Opry star Hawkshaw Hawkins. Here is a flashback video of Icie's storied grandparents.



 

Possibly, one of the most unbelievably heartbreaking stories of love gone wrong comes by way of Marvin Gaye. Marvin Gaye, a legendary icon of soul and Motown music, captivated audiences with his smooth vocals and poignant lyrics. From his early struggles to achieve success in the music industry to his tragic end, Gaye's life was a tumultuous journey marked by personal turmoil. 


Marvin started his career at Detroit’s historic Motown as a songwriter. He penned classics such as Heard It Through The Grapevine, and Dancing In The Streets. Despite his success, Marvin Gaye's personal life was fraught with turmoil, including failed marriages and toxic relationships. His struggles with intimacy and trust played out in his music, adding depth and vulnerability to his work.


Gaye battled addiction and mental health issues throughout his life, seeking refuge in drugs and alcohol. Despite his struggles, he was able to put his pain into his music, creating soulful masterpieces that reflected his emotional life. Unfortunately, and perhaps unbeknown to him, his biggest challenge would come by way of his father.


On April 1, 1984, The Prince of Motown as he was often referred to would end a 25 long successful career in the music industry. 

Though Marvin Gaye had just won a Grammy, and was experiencing a career renaissance with his first chart topper in five years, he had a crippling cocaine addiction, and was deep in debt.


The dire situation caused him to move back in with his parents.

Marvin had a volatile relationship with his dad, who was abusive, and a hard drinker despite being a minister when he was growing up. Marvin Gaye and his father got into a physical altercation with each other. His mother intervened, and was trying to calm Marvin Jr. down in his bedroom when Marvin Sr. came in with the gun his son had bought for him. Marvin Sr. shot his son three times in the chest. The shots perforated his lungs, kidneys, and heart. He died one day before his birthday.




 

The takeaways with these unfortunate true life stories is to recognize the signs of abuse in a relationship and to seek help if you or someone you know is experiencing it.


Here are some telltale signs of an abusive relationship


  • Physical violence

  • Emotional abuse such as manipulation or control,

  • Isolation from family and friends

  • Financial exploitation.

  • Constant criticism

  • Threats, or intimidation

  • The feeling of walking on eggshells around the person



It is important to remember that abuse can take many forms and may not always be obvious. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms in your relationship, it is essential to seek help and support from a trusted individual or professional who can assist you in safely navigating your situation.


No one should ever feel trapped or powerless in a relationship. Always prioritize your own well-being and happiness. Surround yourself with people who uplift and support you. Love should never hurt, and everyone deserves to be treated with respect and kindness. Remember that you are worthy of love. Please see resources below.

 

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