*Jagged Edge singer Kyle Norman was arrested on aggravated assault charges back in January 2015 when his then fiancée Marrika Maria called and told police the singer punched and choked her with a scarf before shoving her engagement ring down her throat.
Maria had to undergo several surgeries as a result of the injuries she sustained, and has made enormous progress in her recovery.
The couple has since made amends. They reportedly tied the knot in an impromptu, informal wedding ceremony at the Suite Food Lounge in Atlanta.
In a recent interview with Rolling Out, Norman claims to be a changed man, giving credit to counseling which helped him kick his alcohol and drug addiction. Maria supports his claims, and the experience certainly moved her to action. She is writing a book for battered women, and says she and Kyle want to start counseling couples who are faced with similar situations. She tells the publication:
“Crediting my deep prayers and talks with God, my deep love for Kyle and conviction that Kyle really does love me and has vowed not to place his hands on me ever again. I am not listening to the naysayers who keep trying to say he doesn’t love me and encourage me to leave. I will admit, I am in a lot of pain every day, physically. I am on several different pain medications which keep me up. I am not able to get more than three hours of sleep. I’m attending counseling three times per week and I know in my heart that God will help me get through this. I’m blessed to be alive and still have the love and support of my (family). I am finding it easier each day to shun the haters that leave me text messages and voicemails,” says Marrika.
In the publication, Norman accepts responsibility for his actions and apologies for the hurt he caused his wife.
“Fellas, we as men have a problem with our apologies. If you make a mistake, own up to it and man up! That’s what I had to do to get my queen back. I apologize to my brothers of Jagged Edge, to my family, my wife and my fans and anyone I let down. I let myself down and my family, and for that I apologize. And I got myself some help. I don’t drink or do drugs anymore and I have changed my entire way of living and thinking. It’s never too late to change. I am just happy she has given me this opportunity to spend the rest of my life with her showing her how much I really do love her. I’m giving her all the hot sauce she wants [smiles].”