One of the most influential women in music is now lending her voice to victims of domestic violence.
Carole King revealed in an intimate interview for Sunday Night that she had also been a victim during her marriage to her third husband, Rick Evers.
“My face and my heart both hurt,” Carole said.
“But you know the question of, ‘why do women go back?’ That was one that I really, you know, I had felt very superior.
“I would never be with anybody who did drugs, I would never be with anybody who hit me, and he did both and I kept going back. Until I didn’t.”
Carole and Rick, a struggling musician, were married in 1977 but their relationship was short-lived. Rick died of a cocaine overdose the following year.
Carole hopes her story will be an inspiration to victims of violent relationships.
“If there’s any women out there or for that matter men, there are some men in relationships being abused, you don’t deserve it. Get help.”
Carole’s journey to stardom has been made into a Broadway show, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
The award-winning musical showcases Carole’s life, her loves and her music, including some of her biggest hits: ‘(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman’, ‘I Feel The Earth Move’, ‘You’ve Got a Friend’, and ‘The Locomotion.’
*Beautiful: The Carole King Musical opens in Australian theatres in September. For tickets and more information, visit *[www.beautifulmusical.com.au|www.beautifulmusical.com.au]