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Bishop Long Divorce: Eddie Long's Wife, Vanessa Long, Files For Divorce, Then Retracts Statement

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A few hours after issuing a statement about her plans to divorce husband Bishop Eddie Long, Vanessa Long has withdrawn her petition to split from the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church preacher.

Vanessa released a follow-up announcement Friday afternoon explaining that she and her husband have agreed to "find healing," CBS Atlanta reports.

"I love my husband. I believe in him and admire his strength, and courage. My filing followed years of attacks in the media that frustrated and overwhelmed me," she said.

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Bishop Eddie Long's wife, Vanessa Long, filed for divorce from the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church preacher on Thursday.

"After a great deal of deliberation and prayer, I have decided to terminate my marriage to Bishop Eddie L. Long," Vanessa said in a statement released Friday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

According to WSBTV, Vanessa has no plans to elaborate on the details of her decision to file for the divorce.

The couple married in 1990 and have three children.

Last year, the infamously anti-gay preacher was accused of coercing four men into having sexual relations with him. Long settled the suits out of court in May.

This isn't the preacher's first failed marriage.

Long's previous wife, Dabara Houson, filed for divorce in 1985 and accused Long of beating her while she was pregnant with their son, according to ABC News. Long's attorney did not speak to the claims.

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