Shereé Whitfield chose Sunday's "Real Housewives of Atlanta" reunion to open up about the abuse she allegedly suffered from ex-husband Bob Whitfield.
After 7 years of marriage and 14 years together, Shereé and Bob endured endless battles before finally reaching some amicable ground for the sake of co-parenting their two children -- Kairo, 20, and Kaleigh, 17. But watching back clips of the group's Maui vacation brought Shereé to tears.
"After we split, we were in Las Vegas," Bob said in the playback. "I was driving her and she fell asleep, and I was like, 'Yeah, it’d be easy for me to take the seatbelt off of you and hit the breaks.' So she can fly her ass through the window, you know?"
Bob also said he had no memory of ever physically hurting Shereé in the past. However, when Shereé claimed Bob choked her the response was: "Could you still breathe? Maybe I didn’t choke you hard enough."
Shereé said she didn't even tell her mother or children about the emotional and physical abuse she endured behind closed doors.
"I would have never talked about this had it not come up," Shereé said. "I’ve never talked about this with my mom until she watched the show. My mom, my girlfriends — I only told maybe a couple of people. None of the cast knew."
"I don’t know if [my kids] have seen those episodes," she added. "I suppressed it. I’ve not talked about it for 10 years — I’ve never talked about it. I wanted to protect my kids."
Shereé said her goal was to protect her children, but that also came with having to cover for her husband, even when he disappeared for six months during their marriage without any communication.
"I am ashamed," she admitted to Andy Cohen. "I portray myself as a strong woman who my daughters look up to, and I am allowing someone to hurt me in a way that I would never want someone to hurt them. I didn’t realize I was still holding all this until the show."
Bob spent a great deal of time over the past two seasons trying to prove to Shereé that he was a changed man, and it almost worked. But Shereé said she just couldn't get passed not knowing the motive behind his actions.
"I didn’t get the why — why he did that, why he left his family," she said as the other housewives comforted her. "I didn’t get any of those answers. He wasn’t 'fessing up or apologetic or sympathetic for the things that he’s done in the relationship."
It was a rather tender moment for the "Housewives of Atlanta" as they offered comforting words to their co-star.
"I just hope that you received that you didn’t deserve that and you didn’t need to be treated like that and that none of what happened to you was your fault," Porsha Williams said to Shereé. "I pray that you accept that and that you can find some healing from what you showed women."
"The Real Housewives of Atlanta" airs Sundays on Bravo.