Domestic Abuse Cited in the Johnny Weir Divorce Case
After two years of marriage, Olympic skater Johnny Weir and his husband Victor Voronov have decided to call it quits.
“It is with great sadness that I announce that my husband and I are no longer together,” Weir wrote on Twitter. “My heart hurts, and I wish him well.”
Just a day after the split, Weir opened up to Access Hollywood about what really went on in his marriage.
“I’ve been having a tough time at home for a long time now, and it’s something that I’ve kept from the public,” Weir said. “I was losing myself by being married to my husband. I was losing objectives in life. I was very isolated from the world.”
The couple married December 30, 2011. Voronov had only come out about a month before the marriage. He gave up his job at a law firm to be a supportive husband to Weir however, according to Weir, he was not okay with his extremely busy schedule.
“He was not super-accepting of the fact I work and I have to work this week in Russia, this week in Los Angeles, next week in Tokyo, and that’s something that’s hard to wrap your head around,” Weir said. “I was supporting two people; and whether it seems like a big deal or not, I come from a lower middle class family that has to work no matter what.”
Just before Weir left to cover the Sochi Olympics, the two got into a physical fight when Voronov was drunk.
“Domestic violence is never the answer and when its two men, things are different,” he said. “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.”
According to Weir, his drunk husband was yelling at Weir about his relationship with his mother, who was helping him with some financial things, and was uncomfortable that he had said it so clearly.
The two got into a fight, and then Weir went to sleep. Voronov came in and asked Weir to “lay with him in the biblical sense,” but when Weir refused, things got physical.
“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 said.
Weir said that there is only one way things could get worse between the two.
“The worst he could do would be to post naked photos that [we] have between each other and I look flawless,” he joked.
Voronov’s crisis manager, Wendy Feldman, said they are now seeking a proper resolution between the two.
“Victor gave up his law practice to be by Johnny Weir’s side,” Feldman said.