Controversial YouTube Star Accused of Repeatedly Abusing Ex-Significant Other
Leanne Ratcliffe, better known as Freelee the Banana Girl on YouTube is one of the most controversial content creators out there. The vegan lifestyle expert has caused serious drama with many other YT stars in the past, but she’s never been involved in something as serious as this.
Fans watched the 36-year-old raw enthusiast’s relationship with fellow fitness guru Harley “Durianrider” Johnstone for years and were shocked when the pair suddenly split over the summer. Now, Freelee’s ex is accusing her of being abusive toward him throughout their relationship.
“The truth is she was so abusive to me, she used to hit me a lot, and I was sort of cool with it,” Harley tearfully told viewers in a recent video.
The violence got so bad that the 39-year-old eventually had to defend himself.
“Last year, I’d hit her back. I think if you hit like a man, then you’re going to get hit back. I never ever hit Freelee in the face; I never ever used any more force than was needed. I would just push her off, or pin her down and punch her in the leg real hard and say, ‘f*ck that’s not acceptable behavior. Control your anger.’ She would scratch me so hard in my arms that I’d bleed, so it was definitely an abusive relationship.”
Harley said he never wanted to be a victim, but “when you’re getting hit by someone you love, it doesn’t feel good.”
When Daily Mail Australia reached out to the banana-lover about her ex’s claims, she adamantly denied them all and said HE was actually the one abusing HER.
“If it was true that I was ‘beating him up all the time,’ then … why did he stay? Why did he have no marks on him even though he was making daily videos? Because it’s not true. Him accusing me is an insult to the real sufferers of domestic violence, it makes light of their suffering. The irony is he has actually hit me many times and not in defense. He has swung a bag violently at my face and left a scratch across my face. He has punched me in the face with his fist after I affectionately nibbled on his ear which was apparently sore. He reacted by punching me in the face and saying, ‘Why the f*ck did you do that?’ He has punched and kicked me so hard in the leg before (multiple times) that I couldn’t walk properly for the rest of the day.”
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