UPDATE: Vanessa Long has changed her mind once again the divorce is now back on. Her attorneys released the following statement:
“Consistent with her original statement made this morning, Mrs. Long continues to hope that this matter may be resolved expeditiously, harmoniously and fairly; however, she has determined that dismissal of her divorce petition is not appropriate at this time.”
Original Story: Just hours after Bishop Eddie Long‘s wife Vanessa Long publicly announced that she had filed for divorce from her husband … she changed her mind, and asked her attorneys to withdraw the divorce petition.
Vanessa has also released a new statement, saying that she loves her husband and believes in him, while also blaming “years of attacks in the media” for her decision to initially seek a divorce.
Earlier this morning, Mrs. Long released a statement that read:
“After a great deal of deliberation and prayer, I have decided to terminate my marriage to Bishop Eddie L. Long. Accordingly, I authorized my attorneys to file for divorce on December 1, 2011.”
But now it looks like she’s had a change of heart. In a statement released Friday afternoon, Vanessa Long said:
“Upon prayerful reflection, I have reconsidered and plan to withdraw my petition for divorce from my husband, Bishop Eddie L. Long. I love my husband. I believe in him and admire his strength and courage.”
The initial divorce filing follows one hell of a year for Mrs. Vanessa Long and her husband, who was accused last fall of coercing four young men into having sex with him by giving them money and expensive gifts, and sending (and accompanying) them on luxurious vacations, among other things.
The lawsuits were dropped after Bishop Eddie Long, Pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church near Atlanta, Georgia, agreed to settle the case privately, outside of court, for an undisclosed settlement.
Bishop Eddie Long and his wife Vanessa have been married since 1990 and have 3 children together.