GABBY Petito’s family sat down with Dr. Oz and opened up about they didn’t see any “red flags” in Gabby’s relationship with Brian Laundrie.
Dr. Oz asked Gabby’s parents and step-parents about how the aftermath of the case, when authorities found Gabby’s remains, and if they had any idea of any possible abuse between the vlogger and her fiancé.
Gabby’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, sat down with the rest of her family to discuss the case with Dr. Oz[/caption]
Gabby allegedly didn’t speak about any possible abuse in her relationship with Brian Laundrie[/caption]
“I don’t know why Gabby didn’t open up to me about certain things,” said Gabby’s mother, Nichole Schmidt about her daughter’s relationship.
“We just didn’t see any red flags.”
The exclusive interview touches on how Laundrie, who was never named a suspect in Gabby’s murder, was able to “hide” his true self.
Gabby’s father, Joe Petito, likens Laundrie’s behavior to that of a typical domestic abuser.
“The way that the abuser works is to shame the victim,” he said. “and continually shame the victim to where they start believing that shame is theirs to hold.”
Mr. Petito added that when abuse victims are shamed, they’re less likely to “go out and tell you what’s going on.”
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Tara Petito, Gabby’s stepmother spoke about her own abusive relationship before her marriage to Mr. Petito. She said that it started with “isolation.”
“It wasn’t until he hit me that realized that I needed to get out,” she said.