As his divorce moves forward, it's going to be anything but smooth skating for Johnny Weir.
The 29-year-old former Olympian claims that domestic violence played a part in his somewhat surprising decision to end his marriage to Victor Voronov.
"I have been having a tough time at home for a long time now, and it's something that I've kept from the public," the NBC ice skating analyst revealed to "Access Hollywood." "I was losing myself being married to my husband. I was losing my objectives in life. I was very isolated from the world."
Weir admitted that Voronov quit his law firm job so he could be a more supportive husband, but said that it didn't work out that way because the ex-attorney wasn't really on board with the star's jet-setting schedule. Then, before Weir left to cover the Sochi games, tensions reached a boiling point.
"We were fighting in such a terrible way, and it did get physical on that night, and it's unfortunate that things went the way that it did because domestic violence is never the way to go," Johnny lamented to Billy Bush, in what he claims will be the only interview he'll grant regarding his divorce. "Domestic violence is never the answer and when it's two men, things are different. It was usually good-humored wrestling, but a few times, of course, it did get physical and ... some of my closest friends have seen him hit me before."
That was a shocking revelation in itself, but Johnny wasn't done yet.
"The night in question, my husband was very drunk and was yelling at me about my relationship with my mother and my mother was assisting me in cleaning up some financial messiness that had happened, and he was uncomfortable with that and had voiced it very clearly. So, we had a fight and then I went to sleep because I had to work the next day, and he came in — very not himself — and asked me to lay with him in the biblical sense, and when I refused, the altercation between us started," he recalled.
Things went from bad to worse and, at some point, the authorities were called.
"I was defending myself, and it's unfortunate that there was a mark left on his body, because as soon the police came to our home, the first thing he did was show this mark, so I knew then he didn't really care that much and all he is out to do is hurt me."
Weir did admit, "You would never see a mark on my body" from the incident that night, he was quick to argue, "The damage that was done to me was mentally was crippling."
The charges against the colorful correspondent — which reportedly claimed the skater bit Voronov during the dispute — were dropped earlier this month, but still it seems their marriage was beyond repair. And now they're preparing to battle through their divorce.
In response to Weir's latest comments, Voronov's crisis manager, Wendy Feldman released some comments of her own: "My job as a crisis manager is to seek a remedy and protect my client. In this case, the paperwork shows a deceptive pattern. We now will seek proper resolution as we would with any traditional couple. This case is really a true test of equal rights — in marriage and now divorce," she stated. "Victor gave up his law practice to be by Johnny Weir's side. And now that Johnny has started with the low blows, my job will be to continue to help my client navigate the road ahead while helping him heal."
The couple, who were married for just over two years, do not have a prenuptial agreement, which means this may drag on for a while. In the meantime, though, Johnny doesn't seem too concerned about repercussions from his statements.
"The worst [Voronov] could do would be to post naked photos that we have between each other," he quipped before adding, "And I look flawless."
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