Bishop Eddie Long divorce: Wife Vanessa files for divorce, withdraws and files again

By on Dec 4, 2011 in Lifestyle, United States Comments

Updated: December 5, 2011 1:15 p.m.

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Vanessa Long, wife of Bishop Eddie Long, filed a divorce with the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church preacher on Thursday, December 1, and later withdrew but eventually filed for divorce again.

Bishop Eddie Long, kissing his wife
Vanessa in an occasion in 2010

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As noted in US news sites on Friday, Vanessa Long filed a petition to divorce his husband, Bishop Eddie Long on Thursday but decided to withdraw the case a couple of hours later.

“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.” Vanessa Long was quoted in a statement at CBS Atlanta on late Thursday.

“I also ask that the public pray for my entire family during this difficult period of transition.” She added, with the divorce petition reportedly stating that her marriage with Bishop Eddie was “irretrievably broken” and had “no hope of reconciliation.”

However, Vanessa reportedly changed her mind about six hours later and withdrew her petition to divorce Eddie Long, in which a statement was released via a New Birth Missionary Baptist Church spokesman.

“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.” The statement was quoted on reports, adding that Vanessa believes in his husband, and admires his strength and courage.

But on Friday evening, Vanessa Long released a third statement and this time through her attorney, which said that she will pursue on filing a divorce with Bishop Eddie Long.

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.” The third statement was quoted also at CBS Atlanta.

“To avoid any undue confusion, Mrs. Long‘s future statements, if any, will be issued through her attorneys only. At this time, neither she nor we will have any further comment on this matter.” The statement added.

Eddie Lee Long, 58, and his wife Vanessa was married in 1990 and had three children. He married Dabara S. Houston in 1981 but ended in a divorce shortly after the marriage, which they had a son named Edward.

According to reports, a series of civil cases were filed against Bishop Eddie late last year, claiming that the religious leader allegedly used his power to have sɛxual relations with four young men, which he later denied. Taid lawsuits were settled out of court last May.

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