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Because I was ashamed that I let it happen to me, I tried to pretend it didn’t.
And then, on March 4, 2003, I was an invited guest on Larry King Live after a self-imposed seven-year hiatus from the spotlight in America.
The truth is that I didn’t want to author that first book.
My ex-manager, Jack Gordon, made me publish the book and speak out against my will in its pages, just as he forced me to marry him in 1989, and made me make so many career moves that were contrary to my wishes and beliefs.
For almost a decade, Gordon controlled me with a campaign of brutalization and manipulation, beating me several times a week, threatening my life and the lives of my family members, and proving he had the mob ties to carry out his most violent promises.
As is very common with abusers, he also isolated me from anyone I loved, who might have come to my aid or inspired me to rebel against him.
It all began with a question about Gordon, which I did my best to circumvent.Every day was a blessing, and I couldn’t wait to wake up each morning to hear my sister Rebbie singing Mandy Patinkin’s version of the song “When the Red Robin Comes Bobbin Along.” Even though my more famous siblings’ performances were already filling arenas at that point, nothing made me happier than hearing Rebbie croon that special song just for me. My brothers’ fame, as well as the Jehovah’s Witness religion with which Mother raised us, meant that we were isolated when I was growing up.This was especially true of Rebbie, Michael and I, who were the most devout.I am thankful that, this time around, I have the freedom to write what I want, the way I want.It truly is the most wonderful feeling to finally be free from the misery of my prior life.