Hours after Eddie Long’s wife announced a divorce from her husband of 20 years, she decided to remain in her marriage to the embattled pastor, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Vanessa Long filed for divorce on Friday "after a great deal of deliberation and prayer," but apparently after more thought, she changed her mind, explaining that the initial decision was a result of "years of attacks in the media that frustrated and overwhelmed me."
Although the couple has been separated for some time, according to the AJC, Vanessa expressed that she still has faith in her husband.
"I love my husband," she said in her first statement of the day. "I believe in him and admire his strength and courage."
Married in 1981, she said earlier that she hoped the divorce proceedings could happen without a lot of media attention. "It is my sincere hope that this matter can be resolved expeditiously, harmoniously and fairly. I ask that you respect my privacy and that of my family, as my attorneys and I have agreed that we will not try this case in the media, and I do not intend to make any further statements concerning this matter."
However, Eddie and his church have been under the watchful eye of the media since he was first accused of impropriety more than a year ago.
The Bishop denied the men’s allegations saying through a spokesman and telling his congregation shortly after the story hit the media that he planned to "vigorously" fight his accusers in court. However, he settled with the plaintiffs, raising suspicion for many.
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