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D’Andra Simmons Opens Up About Past Abusive Relationship!

Real Housewives of Dallas star D’Andra Simmons opened up about her past abusive relationship after learning the death of Donna Alexander, a well-known Dallas entrepreneur and the creator of the Anger Room in Dallas, who advocated against domestic violence.

As Fox4 reported, Alexander was violently assaulted on Friday, September 21. She was later taken off life support and her boyfriend Nathaniel Mitchell has been charged with murder, according to local police.

After learning the news about Alexander, Simmons revealed during an emotional interview with the media outlet that she had suffered from domestic violence herself. Simmons says she found herself dating someone she thought she could trust. However, he began to change, becoming violent and over time, it continued to escalate -- until it was nearly too late.

"Pulled out a lot of my hair, he broke my fingers, he fractured my skull, I had internal bleeding. At the end of the time, I remember saying to him, I said, 'I can't do this anymore.' I tried to call out, and all the phones, he destroyed all the phones," she told Fox4 about her boyfriend from ten years ago.

"They were either broken or he threw them away. I couldn't use the phone, I couldn't get out the door. I said, 'There's a rifle in the back room, just go, it's loaded. Just put it to my head and shoot me because I can't do this anymore.'"

Simmons ended up finding the courage to ask for help from a women’s shelter, where she received counseling and became strong enough to walk away. As a domestic violence survivor, Simmons is now encouraging other women to make the same change she did.

"Get the counseling and get the encouragement to be able to leave because I promise you, I was there," she added. "I wish I had talked to somebody a long time before I did. If I had, I would have been out a lot earlier. Luckily I didn’t lose my life, but Donna did, and don't let her death be for nothing."

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