Kellie Pickler says she was abused by her mother

Former American Idol contestant Kellie Pickler’s debut album, Small Town Girl, is #1 on the country charts but she has revealed her mother physically and mentally abused her.

“I remember my mother and I were in the kitchen and I said, ‘I wish God would take me away, I’d much rather be dead than live here with you.’ She took a knife out, set it on the counter and said, ‘Here, do it then.’ I was in fourth grade. Of course I never would have acted upon it, but it’s done a lot of emotional scarring.”

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