The reconciliation of Vanessa and Eddie Long didn’t make it through the day, as the wife of the New Birth Missionary Baptist pastor has decided against withdrawing her petition for divorce filed late Thursday afternoon.
“Mrs. Long continues to hope that this matter may be resolved expeditiously, harmoniously and fairly; however, she has determined that dismissal of her divorce petition is not appropriate at this time,” Kilpatrick Townsend partner Michael W. Tyler said.
“To avoid any undue confusion, Mrs. Long’s future statements, if any, will be issued through her attorneys,” he said. A spokesman for Kilpatrick Townsend refused further comment.
Vanessa Long released three statements to the media Friday. First she announced she was seeking to end her 21-year-marriage following “a great deal of deliberation and prayer.”
Then, around lunchtime, in a statement sent through New Birth’s public relations firm, Vanessa Long said, upon further “prayerful reflection,” she was withdrawing the divorce petition.
“I love my husband,” she said in the second press release. “I believe in him and admire his strength and courage.”
Long, a New Birth elder, said her decision to seek a divorce was driven by “years of attacks in the media that frustrated and overwhelmed me.” She and her husband “mutually agreed to find healing,” Vanessa Long said.
Six hours later, her attorneys announced she was proceeding with the divorce “consistent with her original [statement] made this morning.”
In the divorce filing, Vanessa Long, 53, said her marriage to the New Birth pastor was “irretrievably broken” and there was “no hope of reconciliation.” The couple has been in a “state of separation,” according to the petition.
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