Ulrika Jonsson ‘regrets’ not speaking out after Stan Collymore assault


Ulrika Jonsson has said she wishes she had spoken out and worked with domestic abuse charities after she was assaulted by ex Stan Collymore.

The TV presenter, 53, also candidly revealed that when she was ‘thrown to the floor’ of a Scottish pub in Paris in 1998 and kicked in the back of the head it was ‘the third time in her life a man had raised his hand’ to her.

Writing in her column for The Sun, the star explained that she had been reflecting on her own experiences after being ‘deeply shaken’ by Mel B‘s moving performance in a recent Women’s Aid video.

Candid: Ulrika Jonsson has said she wishes she had spoken out and worked with domestic abuse charities after she was assaulted by ex Stan Collymore in 1998 (pictured together)

Ulrika said: ‘By the time I was thrown to the floor 23 years ago, I’m ashamed to say it was the third time in my life a man had raised his hand to me.’

She explained that the first time she was hit happened when she was only 19 years old, after a boyfriend accused her of ‘flirting’ with his pals. 

The star continued that it wasn’t the violence that ‘damaged her the most’, adding: ‘Bruises and broken bones heal. It’s the psychological damage that endures.’ 

Ulrika also wrote that it’s ‘never as simple’ as walking away after a violent act as the outburst often comes after a build up of other things, saying that ‘coercion’ wasn’t spoken about 23 years ago.

Powerful: The presenter, 53, explained that she had been reflecting on her own experiences after being 'deeply shaken' by Mel B's moving performance in a Women's Aid video (pictured)

Powerful: The presenter, 53, explained that she had been reflecting on her own experiences after being ‘deeply shaken’ by Mel B’s moving performance in a Women’s Aid video (pictured)

She added that she never understood things such as being isolated from pals was turning her from a confident person into a ‘nervous, paranoid wreck’.

And reflecting on her decision not to speak out and work with charities at the time, Ulrika wrote: ‘I regret that now… I wish I had drawn attention to the fact that abuse comes in so many forms and not just the physical punishment.’

Ulrika also detailed how she believes that she ‘would not be writing this today’ if there hadn’t been a camera crew present in the bar at the time of her attack.

The Swedish star was hit and kicked in the head by her then boyfriend during a vicious assault in a Paris bar in 1998.

Ulrika said: 'By the time I was thrown to the floor 23 years ago, I'm ashamed to say it was the third time in my life a man had raised his hand to me' (pictured with Collymore in 1998)

Ulrika said: ‘By the time I was thrown to the floor 23 years ago, I’m ashamed to say it was the third time in my life a man had raised his hand to me’ (pictured with Collymore in 1998)

The then couple had been together 18 months when footballer Collymore said he was taunted by hundreds of Scottish fans as he went into a bar during the 1998 World Cup in France.

When he got in, he saw Ulrika wearing a Scotland shirt, pulling pints behind the bar and warned her anyone could jump over the bar at her.  

After flying into a rage he dragged her to floor and kicked her three times in the head before he was dragged away. Ulrika has previously said the ‘malicious bully’ then went back to their hotel room and sliced up her clothes and belongings.

Ulrika’s comments comes after Spice Girl Mel B appeared in a Women’s Aid video beaten and covered in fake bruises as she attempted to flee a violent partner. 

In the clip, she can be seen wearing makeup to mimic a bloodied face and bruises as she is dragged across the room and beaten by her partner.

Reflection: She also wrote that it's 'never as simple' as walking away after a violent act as the outburst often comes after a build up of other things (pictured on Good Morning Britain)

Reflection: She also wrote that it’s ‘never as simple’ as walking away after a violent act as the outburst often comes after a build up of other things (pictured on Good Morning Britain)

While the video shows that the couple’s relationship is the picture of happiness to those around them, behind closed doors she is left terrified by her partner’s violent behaviour.

The clip ends with a bloodied Mel dramatically fleeing her house after her partner leaves, desperate to escape his abusive behaviour. 

And on Monday Mel B has spoke candidly about her experience with domestic abuse during an appearance on Monday’s edition of Good Morning Britain.

Shocking: The former Spice Girl can be seen attempting to flee her violent partner in the Women's Aid video

Shocking: The former Spice Girl can be seen attempting to flee her violent partner in the Women’s Aid video

The star emotionally admitted being abused ‘does crush your soul’ as she claimed it would take ‘forever to get that back’, and explained how women in situations like hers struggle to get out of it.  

Mel has previously accused ex-husband Stephen Belafonte of ’emotional and physical abuse’, which he has vehemently denied, and has claimed she attempted to leave her marriage for a decade but found it to be an ‘impossible’ situation. 

Mel told co-hosts Susanna Reid and Adil Ray: ‘As a woman that’s gone through it, it does crush your soul, it does really strip you… I’m going to be taking forever to get that back. 

‘I’ve had to build myself up. One of the good things for me is to speak to other women who have been in a similar situation.’ 

Ex: Mel has previously claimed she tried to leave her marriage for 10 years, after accusing ex Stephen Belafonte of 'emotional and physical abuse,' which he denies (pictured in 2016)

Ex: Mel has previously claimed she tried to leave her marriage for 10 years, after accusing ex Stephen Belafonte of ’emotional and physical abuse,’ which he denies (pictured in 2016) 



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