Hiyavi Saigal, a makeup artist, accused her former employer and ex-beau Florian Hurel, an ace makeup artist, of physical assault on her in a series of Instagram posts. ‘Your ex used to physically rape, can you talk about it?’ one user asked during a ‘Ask Me Something’ session on Instagram.
She responded by saying, “It began as a boss-assistant relationship and quickly evolved into friendship. We were both dating other people when we realised we were head over heels in love. All happened in a flash, from dating to renting an apartment to being engaged.”
“Florian broke me down to the point where I didn’t recognise myself,” Hiyavi continued. It began with me attempting to dominate every aspect of my life – job, friendships, and my schedule – and when I dared to revolt, it escalated into abuse. I named it love after he slowly and charmingly sucked me in.
It began with a shake, then progressed to a slap as time went on. It was broken bones and bruises all over, and he would still throw me in the tub and cry. It would seem as if it were my fault. I started drinking to feel numb, but it only resulted in more abuse when I began to speak up and fight back.”
She went on to say, “Since narcissists are charming, no one believed me. Since I was emotionally weak, I didn’t press charges. He kidnapped me, as well as my dog and money. If you or someone you know is going through something, please reach out or call the cops. He came close to killing me, and I’m thankful to be alive.”