Tess Holliday has slammed her estranged husband Nick Holliday after their split, branding him an absentee father and an ‘abusive narcissist’ while comparing him to Donald Trump.
The plus-side model and her ex quietly split last year, with her only recently confirming the end of their ‘toxic relationship.’ Their breakup became even more embittered this week when she took to Twitter to accuse him of gaslighting her.
‘Of course Trump and my ex are both Geminis, both abusive narcissists who make me question my own reality,’ Tess, 35, tweeted on Monday, the day before the presidential election.
Getting ugly: Tess Holliday, 35, hit out at her estranged husband Nick Holliday on Twitter after publicly confirming their split aa few weeks ago
Accusations: In her tweet, she compare Nick to Donald Trump, saying they are both ‘Geminis,’ ‘abusive narcissists,’ and gaslighters
‘One day I’ll share more, but damn, insecure men ain’t s**t,’ she wrote in a subsequent tweet.
Tess and Nick share a four-year-old son Bowie, and she also has a 14-year-old son Rylee from a previous relationship.
When a fan warned her about the dangers of publicly bashing her child’s father, Tess claimed she has been raising their son by herself.
‘I support anyone who has gone through a toxic relationship and their need to offload, but if I can offer a word of caution — if this person is your child’s other parent, remember that kids internalize that. In a written public forum, that criticism lives forever,’ the person wrote.
Parents: Tess and Nick share a four-year-old son Bowie (pictured), and she also has a 14-year-old son Rylee from a previous relationship
Absentee dad? When a fan warned her about the dangers of publicly bashing her child’s father, Tess claimed he hasn’t been involved in their son’s life
‘If he was involved in anyway then I would care more. Thanks,’ the model hit back.
Tess alluded to problems in their relationship in an interview with Parents that was featured in the magazine’s January issue.
She shared that she and Nick were living apart, saying he had been ‘working on himself’ in his native Australia since September 2019. However, she declined to comment on their relationship status.
Tess confirmed their breakup on Instagram in late October when she shared a topless photo of herself posing in a bathroom in Ojai, California, writing: ‘Cut a boy off and my checks got bigger.’
Looking back: Tess, who shared a photo of herself voting on Monday, quietly split from Nick a year ago
Candid: Last week, she shared on Instagram that she was in a ‘toxic relationship’ with her ex, something she is still coming to terms wit
Big news: Tess confirmed their split in late October while sharing a topless selfie, writing: ‘Cut a boy off and my checks got bigger’
A couple of days later, the pansexual fashion star added on her Instagram Stories that she was ready to find love again.
‘Looking for my Romeo or Juliet… or the non-gendered version of that, plz & ty,’ she wrote while posting a whimsical photo of herself from a recent shoot.
Tess came out as pansexual in July 2019 and said she would be open to a relationship with a woman.
At the time, she was believed to be in a monogamous heterosexual marriage with Nick, who describes himself as a ‘queer dad’ on his Instagram bio.
Last week, she shared on Instagram that she was in a ‘toxic relationship’ with her ex, something she is still coming to terms with.
FYI: The pansexual model later posted on her Instagram Stories that she is looking for her ‘Romeo or Juliet… or the non-gendered version of that’
Problems: Earlier this year, revealed in an interview that they were living apart, saying Nick has been ‘working on himself’ in his native Australia since September 2019
Happier times: Tess and Nick secretly wed in a Las Vegas chapel in 2015 (left), and he was frequently featured on her Instagram feed up (right) until a few years ago
‘This week I’ve really been diving deep into my trauma. It’s hard to say out loud to not only myself, but to admit to y’all that I was in a toxic relationship for too long,’ she captioned series of memes and quotes that she has related to during this difficult time.
‘It’s been a year but I still catch myself saying “I wish I left sooner” & then my friends, or my inner voice reminds me “you left when you could.” *sigh,*’ she added.
‘So plz enjoy these images that I’ve saved this week that made me go “damn, that’s me,” bc sometimes it’s just nice knowing you aren’t alone.
‘Healing takes a lifetime, it’s not a race, so be kind to yourself. (Pointing the finger at me too) Love y’all.’
Tess and Nick met in 2012 after he reached out to her on Tumblr to tell her he loved her body-positive message.
Realization: In July 2019, Tess came out as pansexual and said she’d be open to a relationship with a woman. At the time, she was in a monogamous heterosexual marriage with Nick
Proud mom: Tess has alluded to being a single mom and often shares photos of her sons Rylee and Bowie on her Instagram page
Moving on: The model spent the Fourth of July — the eve of their five-year wedding anniversary — in California with friends
They tied the knot at a Las Vegas chapel on July 5, 2015, but she didn’t announce they were married until two years later, shocking many of her fans.
The cover star’s photographer husband has taken many of the racy candid snapshots featured on her Instagram, but he has been noticeably absent from her page in recent years.
Tess has been open about Nick’s personal struggles, and in 2017 she paid tribute to him on World Mental Health Day, praising him for breaking the stigma’ and speaking openly about his life with mental illness.
‘I’m not gonna lie, before we got together I didn’t know much about depression, BPD, or the numerous other things that so many people we love, live with every day,’ admitted Tess, who struggled with postnatal depression after the birth of her youngest son.
‘People who have mental illness aren’t failures,’ she added. ‘You are not lazy… You are not a burden…There is no shame in taking medication if you see fit… You are loved & YOU matter.’