Ruffa Gutierrez admitted that she is still afraid of her ex-husband, Turkish businessman Yilmaz Bektas.
During a recent interview with ABS-CBN News, the former beauty queen opened up her relationship with her former spouse.
“Would you believe until now I’m still afraid of my ex-husband?” she said.
She revealed that she has received invitations from him to visit Turkey, but has refused all of them due to her trauma.
"Even if he’s invited me so many times to go back, I don’t want to go back because I have this notion in my head that he will kill me," she shared.
In 2007, the actress publicly disclosed that she suffered domestic violence at the hands of Yilmaz. She then became a single mother to her daughters, Lorin and Venice, since their separation.
Still, Ruffa considered her difficult experiences in marriage as life lessons.
She said, “It's very difficult. You learn from those lessons but when we discuss it like right now, there’s still pain in my heart. So, I guess you never really forget whatever those experiences have brought you, but you just learn and you move on.”
She has since sought the help of a psychiatrist and a psychologist after suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and urged other women going through something similar to immediately seek the help of authorities and support groups.
She explained, “It’s better to speak out and be free and not live in fear any more than continue your life in a prison cell. If there’s any of you who are listening right now if you’re getting beaten up by your husbands, we’re here, please tell us because there’s still life out there for everyone."
Ruffa was a part of the drama series "Ngayon at Kailanman."
Her latest big screen outings were in the 2014 film "Maybe This Time" and the 2013 comedy "Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy."
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