Madison Beer urges abuse victims to ‘speak up’

Singer Madison Beer wants to make sure her fans don’t make the same mistake she did by staying with her abusive boyfriend.

The 18-year-old Long Island native, who became famous for her YouTube covers after being recognized by Justin Bieber, spoke out after a recording leaked of boyfriend Jack Gilinsky verbally abusing her.

“My theory was, and as horrible as this is, is that if I left him, he’d do it to the next girl. I tried to fix him. We have both grown and chanced so much at this point and it has been an extremely difficult thing to relive/even go (through) what you have all heard in the first place and I hope ALL of my fans learn from my foolishness,” Beer wrote on Twitter Tuesday.

“If someone is mistreating you in ANY way, please speak up. It is NEVER okay and I was blinded by love and much too afraid to come out and say anything in fear I would be broken up with/not taken seriously by someone I told. SPEAK UP. Don’t make the same mistakes I did, your safety is never worth it. No matter what, no one deserves to be treated that way. You deserve the world and respect from EVERYONE and ANYONE.”

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Over the weekend, an audio file leaked on social media of Gilinsky calling Beer names, including a “f–king slut.”

The 20-year-old singer confirmed that the audio was real and recorded last year.

“There’s no justifying the words that came out of my mouth in that audio file. In no way do I stand behind who I was in that part of my life. But people change & learn from their mistakes. The clip you’ve all heard is from last year. I was in a very dark place, & clearly had no control over my emotions,” he tweeted to his 3.47 million followers.

“It’s painful for me because most people think that this clip is current & is an accurate representation of where Madison & I stand today, when that is far from the truth.”

He also said he doesn’t expect forgiveness or sympathy, but said he’s grown up since his attack.

“That is not the person I am today and I do not want ANYONE to think it’s ok to act the way I acted in that clip,” he wrote.

“It’s unfortunate because I’ve worked so hard to learn and grow from where I was at that point in my life and now I’m forced to remember that dark time in the most public way possible.”

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