Keke Wyatt is determined to create an environment that is loving and free of abuse for her and husband Michael Ford’s six children. The singer recently spoke with Essence about her abusive past as a child and with ex-husband Rahmat Morton, telling the magazine that she is not willing to have a repeat of violent events.
“Everyone knows I have been in an abusive relationship, and my girls were in the middle of that mess. After that experience I’m very aware of not wanting to re-create an environment like that for my girls. They won’t go down that road,” said Wyatt. The singer went on to say, “It’s a process but hopefully they won’t go down the same road. What’s crazy is you go down a road and don’t even know that you’re going to end up going down that road. I did all I could to make sure my current husband Mike isn’t like that.”
Keke has partnered with Saving Our Daughters organization for their ‘YELL Confidence’ initiative, aimed at putting an end to violent relationships in which women are victims and providing support to those who have already endured such relationships. Her advice to women currently in abusive unions? “Either you leave or you stay and are miserable and continually put your life at risk. There are always options for you, just have faith. If he does things like punch a wall when he’s mad, or throws things…one day it might be you.”