Why Did You Stay? by Rebecca Humphries

Why Did You Stay? by Rebecca Humphries

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Actor, writer and hopeless romantic Rebecca Humphries had often been called crazy by her boyfriend. But when paparazzi caught him kissing his Strictly Come Dancing partner, she realised the only crazy thing was believing she didn't deserve more.

Forced into victimhood by the story, Rebecca chose to reclaim her power, posting her thoughts on social media, including advice for other women who might be experiencing what she realised she'd managed to escape: a toxic, oppressive relationship. A flood of support poured in, but amongst the well-wishes was a simple question with an infinitely complex answer: 'if he was so bad, why did you stay?'

Empowering, unflinching and full of humour, this book takes that question and owns it. Using her relationship history, coming-of-age stories and experiences since the Strictly scandal, Rebecca explores why good girls are drawn to darkness, whether pop culture glamourises toxicity, when a relationship 'rough patch' becomes the start of a destructive cycle, if women are conditioned for co-dependency and—ultimately—how to reframe disaster into something magical.


"Fierce. Game-changing. Urgently necessary. Brilliant, brilliant and did I say brilliant?" - Emma Thompson

"This book isn't an ice-cold revenge opus; it's a diary of self-discovery, a celebration of friendship, resilience and finding one's self-worth...is it worth the hype? Absolutely: I had to stop myself from reading it one grateful gulp."―Style

"The best [book] about relationships since 
Three Women [...]Set to be this year's summer smart female read for women of all ages."―The Bookseller

Publisher: Sphere
ISBN: 978-1408714799
Pages: 406