Beth Stelling: Comedian details past abusive relationship on Instagram
Comedian Beth Stelling — whose Comedy Central special, Half Hour, debuted this past October — revealed her past with an abusive ex-boyfriend in an Instagram post that went up Monday and included photos of her bruised legs and wrist.
“When I broke up with my ex this summer, it wasn’t because I didn’t love him,” Stelling wrote in the photo’s caption. “It was because of this … It’s embarassing. I feel stupid. After being verbally, physically abused and raped, I dated him for two more months. It’s not simple.”
Stelling went on to recount a conversation she and her ex-boyfriend had where he asked her not to discuss their relationship in her stand-up routines. At first, Stelling honored his request. “I wrote vague jokes because we both live in L.A. and I didn’t want to hurt him, start a war, press charges, be interrogated or harassed by him or his friends and family,” she said.
“I don’t want revenge or to hurt him now,” Stelling continued, “but it’s unhealthy to keep this inside because my stand-up is pulled directly from my life. It’s how I make my living. My personal is my professional. That is how I’ve always been; I make dark, funny.”
Stelling says she’s started including jokes about the relationship in her standup and asks audience members to “have the courage to listen and accept it because I’m trying.” See her series of Instagram posts below.