when abusive behaviour is called out

And that’s not even close to the end of it? Sadly, no. Since then, in a series of now-deleted Instagram videos and posts, Ye accused Davidson of having had a “mental breakdown”, claimed the comedian would get Kardashian “hooked on drugs” because he’s “in rehab every two months” and accused Kardashian of withholding custody of their children. (“Please stop with this narrative, you were just here this morning picking up the kids for school,” Kardashian commented on an Instagram post of Ye’s last week, after he referred to a recent visit when he was “allowed” to see his daughter, North West.)

And Noah’s not the only celebrity to come to Kardashian’s defence? Actor Christina Ricci has called out Ye on Instagram. “Harassment, threats, public humiliation, it’s all there,” she wrote in a statement about his behaviour. “It’s called post separation abuse and it’s happening to one of the most famous, wealthiest, powerful women in the world…”

This is personal for Ricci? Last year, the actor was granted a restraining order against her then-estranged husband, James Heerdegen, six months after filing for divorce. (She has alleged Heerdegen beat her, spat on her, and attacked her in front of their then-six-year-old son.)

But these celebrities might be helping others, by telling their stories. “It does raise awareness; I think what it does for people [experiencing interpersonal abuse] is it resonates, so often they are reading this story and they think, ‘Gosh, that’s happening to me. Wow, that’s abuse, that is not OK’,” says Tara Hunter, director of counselling services at Full Stop Australia, which supports people affected by sexual, domestic or sexual violence.

And the backlash against Ye publicises that online abuse is domestic abuse? Absolutely, says Hunter, adding that it’s a message that needs to be sent far and wide. “It’s quite insidious, and people don’t necessarily recognise it as abuse, so it becomes part of a controlling or abusive relationship,” she says, adding that it’s a tool perpetrators use to silence, control and shame women. ”Our culture doesn’t encourage us to question that,” she says of women whose former partners criticise them and shame them for being in a new relationship. “We just think that’s part of a bad breakup. But it’s actually not. It’s really abusive behaviour.”

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