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Supergirl actress Melissa Benoist has bravely revealed she was in an abusive relationship. The actress opened up about the abuse she suffered in an emotional video.

She uploaded a fourteen minute IGTV video called ‘Life Isn’t Always What It Seems’.

The actress shared, “I am a survivor of domestic violence or IPV (intimate partner violence), which is something I never thought I would say let alone be broadcasting into the ether.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In the harrowing video, she details the violence she was subjected to throughout her relationship with an unnamed partner.

“The stark truth is I learned what it felt like to be pinned down and slapped repeatedly, punched so hard I felt the wind go out of me, dragged by my hair across pavement, head-butted, pinched until my skin broke, shoved against the wall so hard the drywall broke, choked.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Melissa revealed that her partner threw his iPhone at her face resulting in permanent damage to her eye and a broken nose.

She was married to her Glee co-star Blake Jenner during this time.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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After that alarming attack, the actress knew she had to escape.

“Something inside of me broke, this was too far.”

The Glee star added, “Leaving was not a walk in the park. It is not an event, it’s a process. I felt complicated feelings of guilt for leaving and for hurting someone I had protected for so long, and yes, mournful feeling of leaving something familiar.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“Luckily, the people I let in, the more I was bolstered, I never lost the sense of clarity that kept telling me, ‘You do not deserve this.’”

The actress is now married to her Supergirl co-star Chris Wood.

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The CW’s Supergirl has just announced it's latest casting addition and it is proving to be a divisive decision already. 

Last weekend, during the show’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2018, producers of the hit show stated that the role of Nia Nal will be played by Nicole Maines, making her television's first ever transgender superhero. 

She will join the production for the upcoming fourth season. 

The actor, who previously starred in Royal Pains, will play a new member of CatCo’s reporting team. 

According to Entertainment Weekly, Nicole said of her character, ''she has this ferocious drive to protect people and to fight against discrimination and hatred. She’s the superhero we need right now.”

It was announced back in May that a transgender character would be coming to Supergirl but now that we have the actor in place, it has gotten very real. 

Nicole spoke to Variety about how she feels stepping into this role. 

“I haven’t really wrapped my head around it. It feels fitting to say with great power, comes great responsibility.''

She continued, ''we can be whoever we want, we can be superheroes, because in many ways we are. We’ve had trans representation in television for a while but it hasn't been the right representation.”

Reactions to the news on social media have been mixed.

Lots of people are happy with the news, with one writing, ''I'm literally crying right now. I never thought I'd see the day where we'd actually see this happen.'' 

Others hit back at negative comments, with one person saying, ''so many narrow minded people here, I hope someday you'll be brave enough to open your eyes.''

This isn't the first bit of history-making news to come from the CW this week.

It was just announced that a Batwoman series is in the works, which will be the first live-action superhero series with an openly gay lead at its centre. 

“It's such an important issue right now in our society and in the world. And so it seems only fitting that we have a trans superhero for trans kids to look up to. I wish there was a trans superhero when I was little,'' Nicole has said of this news. 

Supergirl will return to our screens on October 14th on the CW.

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