Not every person in a relationship can be happy. Even if a person is in a committed relationship, we can’t say that he enjoys a blissful relation if there exist mental and physical abuse.
Something similar has happened with “Head of the Class” star Robin Givens. She has been in several relationships with famous persons like Brad Pitt and Eddie Murphy and has struggled with an abusive relationship. Givens, who was previously married to boxer Mike Tyson has revealed the dark side of her relationship with her ex-husband.
Married to Boxer With Painful Ending:
On February 7, 1988, Givens married Mike Tyson eleven months after their first date. During that time, Givens was three months pregnant because of which their wedding was arranged in a hurry. When they were married, Givens was twenty-four-years-old whereas Mike was Twenty-two-years-old. Both of them were young and successful.
Caption: Robin Givens tied the knot with boxer Mike Tyson on February 7, 1988.
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She talked about her tumultuous relationship with Mike in an interview with Barbara Walters in June 1988. By that time, Givens had already miscarried their baby.
In an interview, Robin has explained how he found Given’s miscarriage where he said;
'She was supposedly three months pregnant when we got married,'
'Now it was June and she hadn’t gained a pound, so the next thing I knew she was in bed and claimed she had miscarried our baby.'
During the interview, Robin was listing Tyson's qualities and soon changed the topic into his deficits. She described him as a person with “extremely volatile temper.”
She further described him as-
“He's got a side to him that's scary. Michael is intimidating, to say the least. I think there's a time when he cannot control his temper. And that's frightening to me. To my mother. To anyone around.”
Walter then took no time and asked Robin whether her husband hit her or not? Robin replied-
“He shakes, he pushes, he swings. Just recently I have become afraid. I mean very, very much afraid.”
Caption: Mike Tyson and his ex-wife Robin Givens in an interview with Barbara Walters in 1988.
Soon after the interview, Givens filed a divorce alleging spousal abuse. They got separated after three months of getting married. Their divorce was finalized in 1989 on Valentine's Day. Mike has revealed that Givens has received a reported settlement of more than $10 million though they have never signed any prenuptial agreement. During that time, Mike had a net worth of $50 million. However, Givens has claimed that she hasn’t taken “one dime” from her ex-husband.
Caption: Robin was previously in a relationship with Brad Pitt.
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Later their divorce, Mike spotted his ex-wife on the arms of Brad Pitt. He admitted that he turned into a wet noodle when he saw his ex-wife with Pitt. He revealed that he used to visit his ex-wife even after they were separated. He explained the situation as-
“As I go to my car she drives up with the handsome Brad Pitt, It just totally overwhelmed me. I had no energy to fight.”
Caption: Mike Tyson reveals that he turned into a wet noodle when he saw his ex- wife on the arms of Brad Pitt.
I just wanted my life- Robin Givens!
Givens has already revealed that her relationship with former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike was stormy and violent in an interview with Barbara Walters in 1988. She again revealed about the abusive relationship in an interview with Time in September 2015. Talking about the abusive relationship, she said-
“Today we are in world where we are far more connected and involved in each other’s lives thanks to social media. Women who are abused can see they’re not alone. I only left my marriage when I felt like I was going to die physically or die emotionally. It’s just amazing what becomes your normal. One day you wake up with a knife at your throat. Another day, your shoes are all torn up. But I did leave and I didn’t take one dime from my husband. I left my house, and I even left my underwear. I just wanted my life. I was very confident that I could make my way on my own. And I did.”
She also admitted that Mike was physically abusive. When he first hit her, she went to her friend’s hotel room but couldn’t reveal what he did to her. She tells that it was embarrassing to confess. Right after three days after the incident, she asked Mike not to call her and not to see her again but later she went to see him in person as she couldn’t deny his proposal for a meeting. She explains the incident as-
“And for three days after that incident, I did the right thing. I said: “Don’t call me. I never want to see you again.” But then you start taking his phone calls. Then he asks to see you in person, and you say yes to that. Then you have a big giant man crying like a baby on your lap and next thing you know, you’re consoling him. You’re the protector. One minute you’re running from him, the next you’re protecting him. And being a black woman you feel you want to protect your man.”
Caption: Robin’s ex-husband Svetozar Marinkovic and her ex-boyfriend Murphy Jensen.
After separating with Mike, Robin then married tennis instructor Svetozar Marinkovic in 1997. Her marital relation with Marinkovic lasted for a year. Talking about her children, she has two sons; the first son Michael Givens adopted in 1993 and second son William Givens Jensen (born 1999) with her ex-boyfriend tennis player Murphy Jensen.
Caption: Rovin Givens and her sons; Michael and William.
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Givens, who was described as 'most hated woman in America' after her separation with boxing champion Mike is no longer found to be in any relationship. She is now helping families, especially women and children who are facing domestic violence. She has been working on behalf of victims of domestic violence for more than twenty years.#Mike Tyson #Television actress