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    Fri, 13 Apr 2012 11:21:20

    Carole King Admits Being Abused by Third Husband - He died of a heroin overdose in 1977

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    Singer/songwriter Carole King has revealed her third husband, composer Rick Evers, physically abused her. She is opening up about what she dealt with in order to help others who might be in her predicament.

    King wed Evers, with whom she worked on music, died in 1977. They were wed until his heroin overdose death the following year.

    In her new memoir, A Natural Woman, King confesses Evers had a bad temper and often struck her for no reason. She shared, "Without warning, he struck with his right fist, he hit me hard as if he were in a boxing ring, except he wasn't wearing gloves and he wasn't in a boxing ring." Ouch.

    While appearing on TODAY, she said, "I wasn't sure I was going to include it in the book but I wanted people to understand, people who go through that, mostly women but some men, that you're not alone. This is a phenomenon that can even happen to someone like me, who was successful, who had financial independence and what I learned is it's a really bad dynamic and it's very hard to get out."

    She shared to help others. That is quite brave of her.

    What is your favorite Carole King song?

    —Maggie Pannacione
    04.13.12



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