Blake Jenner Confirms Abusive Relationship With Melissa Benoist, Claims He Was Abused Too
In the video, Benoist describes the multiple ways that she was both emotionally and physically abused by Jenner, including being slapped, choked, dragged against pavement and forced to turn down jobs where men would flirt with her. The relationship culminated in an injury that Benoist couldn’t hide – Jenner threw his iPhone at her, broke her nose, and almost ruptured her eyeball.
Jenner confirms he was the perpetrator of this abuse in his recent Instagram post.
In the post, Jenner includes details of how he abused Benoist, but also how Benoist abused him. The experience of turning down jobs because of jealousy was apparently mutual, and so was the physical abuse.
“Without absolving myself of any responsibility, it is important to understand that there was mental, emotional, and physical abuse inflicted from both ends,” he writes. “I lived so long in shame over certain traumas that I had experienced over the course of my life as well as the pain that I had experienced within this relationship.”
Jenner attributes the root causes of his abuse to the co-dependency and passion of their relationship, as well as his own toxic masculinity, but also writes that he does not wish to make any excuses or fight with Benoist.
“I can unequivocally say that I know who I am and know that I have grown and learned from the mistakes I have made throughout a long period of self-examination and work, but very much understand that I can always learn and continually grow,” he writes. “I hope that by me sharing my story, that it can help people, in some capacity, to reflect, listen, and emerge from the shame and secrecy of abuse.”
Jenner turned the comments on his Instagram post off, but people are responding furiously on Twitter, accusing him of attempting to use Benoist’s new child to bolster up his own fame and gaslighting his ex-wife.
blake jenner really waited an entire year, until melissa had her baby, to respond to her experiences as a survivor by claiming to take responsibility whilst absolving himself of any…classic abuser move and he remains an absolute piece of shit
— 𝘮𝘢𝘳𝘯𝘪𝘦 🌺 (@amrenswift) October 8, 2020
Seeing what Blake Jenner has posted on Instagram is exactly the sort of gaslighting my ex did to justify her abuse against me.
He is not apologising or taking any real responsibility for his actions.
I stand with Melissa Benoist.
— Buddha aka Me 🌈🏳️🌈 #NHSLove #TransIsBeautiful (@Buddha_aka_me) October 8, 2020
Blake Jenner waited a year to come back with a counter argument against Melissa Benoist.
After she’s happily married, settled down & had a healthy, beautiful baby boy.
On top of that, he twisted the story in his favour, GASLIGHTING AT ITS FINEST.#IStandWithMelissa
— Nat ミ☆ Blackpink (@brie_sparkles) October 8, 2020