Melisa Russell is the wife of Chicago Cubs shortstop, Addison Russell. The two are reportedly having some marital issues, uncovered after Melisa posted about “new beginnings” on Instagram.
Here is what you need to know:
1. The Cheating & Abuse Claims Were Posted on Instagram & Have Since Been Deleted
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According to the New York Post, Melisa took to Instagram on Wednesday to air out some dirty laundry. A short photo caption revealed that she was looking forward to “new beginnings” and suggested that she was “cheated on, lied to, and disrespected.”
“Being free to be able to make your own choices for your own happiness beats being cheated on, lied to, & disrespected any day. #herestonewbeginnings #onlygetsbetterfromhere,” Melisa wrote. The comments section on the post ended up making things even more complicated.
According to the report, a “friend” of Melisa’s decided to further the discussion and made bold claims that Addison had hit Melisa in front of the couple’s two children.
“Hateful is cheating on your wife, mentally and physically abusing her. Melisa didn’t want that out, but I’ll say it. He hit her. In front of Aiden and Mila. But let’s worry about Melisa being “hateful.” She was loyal, forgiving, and kind. Still is. She found condoms in his apartment yesterday. Should I keep this list going?” the comment read. The Instagram account used to post this comment has been deleted.
A short while later, Melisa took to Twitter to explain her post.
“My post is meant to be empowering, not degrading. At all. I hope it empowers women and inspires other women to ‘not take s–t’ from anyone, regardless of who they are. Hoping to empower other women to stand up for themselves is not a crime AND … i think it’s brave and REAL to show that life’s not perfect, and it’s ok. Sorry not sorry,” she wrote. This post has also been deleted.
2. She Hasn’t Posted a Photo of or With Addison Since January
The last photo that Melisa posted with her husband was back in January.
While it’s unclear exactly how many pictures of her husband Melisa may have had on Instagram, she does not have many up now.
3. She Married Addison in June 2016 & They Have 2 Children Together
Addison and Melisa married in June of last year. They are parents to two children, Aiden and Mila.
4. She Cheered Him on at the 2016 World Series
5. Addison Posted a Sweet Birthday Message to Melisa Last Month
“Happy Birthday Melisa @russellmelisa #23 is a dope age! You deserve to have the best birthday in the history of birthdays because, Mama you are 20 Times more beautiful on the inside than your outward appearance. Your outer beauty is something outta this park, world universe, sheee’ss gone!! Grand slam Homerun! walk it off. I miss everything about you. And that’s because I want you to have the best #23Birthday i love you baby,” Addison wrote on Instagram.