December 2, 2011 by staff
Eddie Long, Vanessa Long, wife of Bishop Eddie Long, won’t be “standing by her man,” any longer now that she has officially filed for divorce. The AJC’s Fran Jeffries is reporting that Mrs. Long made the announcement today. Jeffries reports:
“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 said in a statement.
Last fall, four young men accused Eddie Long, senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, of coercing them into having sex. Their lawsuits were settled in May, then dismissed.
Also in Vanessa Long’s statement: “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.”
Long married Vanessa Griffin in 1990. They have three children together — Edward, Jared and Taylor.
Bishop Eddie Long’s life continues to unravel. While we never wish for the end of a marriage, it is not surprising that Mrs. Long would walk away from what has been a disasterous few years for all involved including her children. Kudos to Mrs. Long for making a hard decision, that many women in her position would not make because of social and financial obligations. Many are wondering what foolishness is coming down the pike that would make her leave, having stayed for so long. At this point, who cares, because Bishop Long has been accused of behavior not befitting a husband, let alone a pastor.
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