Beating up his woman and shoving an engagement ring down her throat wasn't a deal breaker in this relationship.
Last January, Kyle Norman of famed R&B group Jagged Edge made headlines for allegedly beating and choking his then-fiancee, Marrika Maria. Marrika claimed after an argument over his drinking, Kyle put hands on her and roughed her up pretty badly. When they arrived, police noted a list of injuries including bruises, welts, cuts, a broken blood vessel in her eye, and a golf-ball sized knot on the side of her head. Marrika also claimed Kyle choked her with a scarf and shoved her engagement ring down her throat.
Now she has a new ring -- her wedding ring.
The battered woman is now officially Mrs. Marrika Norman after the couple tied the knot recently in an "impromptu, informal wedding" at a local Atlanta lounge.
Rolling Out magazine was there for the nuptials and was able to get an explanation from Marrika on her decision to still marry Kyle.
The newlywed, who's currently writing a book for other battered women, says prayer and love are how she's able to overcome the incident.
Crediting my deep prayers and talks with God, my deep love for Kyle and conviction that Kyle really does love me and has vowed not to place his hands on me ever again. I am not listening to the naysayers who keep trying to say he doesn’t love me and encourage me to leave.
Marrika also admits that she's still suffering physically from the beating and gets little sleep because of it. Yet, she remains undeterred by "haters."
I will admit, I am in a lot of pain every day, physically. I am on several different pain medications which keep me up. I am not able to get more than three hours of sleep.
I’m attending counseling three times per week, and I know in my heart that God will help me get through this. I’m blessed to be alive and still have the love and support of my family. I am finding it easier each day to shun the haters that leave me text messages and voicemails.
Part of Marrika's decision to get back with her alleged abuser is that Kyle apologized. Speaking to the mag, Kyle says he no longer drinks, does drugs and has entirely changed his way of life.
Fellas, we as men have a problem with our apologies. If you make a mistake, own up to it and man up! That’s what I had to do to get my queen back. I apologize to my brothers of Jagged Edge, to my family, my wife and my fans and anyone I let down. I let myself down and my family, and for that I apologize. And I got myself some help.
I don’t drink or do drugs anymore and I have changed my entire way of living and thinking. It’s never too late to change. I am just happy she has given me this opportunity to spend the rest of my life with her showing her how much I really do love her. I’m giving her all the hot sauce she wants [smiles].
Marrika taking Kyle back is the third time in the past year a high profile relationship sullied by domestic abuse allegations has ended in marriage. Most recently, WNBA players Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson tied the knot shortly after getting into a physical altercation. Late March 2014, Janay Rice married former Baltimore Raven football star Ray Rice six weeks after knocking her out and dragging her out of a hotel elevator. [FYI: A judge dropped the domestic violence charges this week because Ray completed the terms of his pretrial intervention.]
Does love truly conquer all or are these women statistics waiting to happen? Studies have shown that an abuser is more likely than not to strike again. Hopefully, that won't be the case this time around.