Themorningbellbd.com desk, September 19: A Ukrainian beauty queen who left her Italian billionaire husband and was reported missing before turning up in New York has claimed he would have killed her if she hadn’t fled.
Italian businessman Gianluca Cervara contacted police in Milan after his new wife Anna Zaiachkivska – winner of the 2013 Miss Ukraine beauty contest – vanished in July after telling him she was going outside to get some fresh air.
However, pictures then emerged on Instagram of Ms Zaiachkivska in the US with another man – prompting police to drop their investigation.
Speaking to the New York Post last night, she said: ‘If I stayed, he would kill me – if not physically, then my spirit.
‘I stopped modeling because I thought he would respect me. I was his rag doll.’
The 24-year-old model claims she left because her husband had been violent towards her, while Mr Cervara is now suing her for non-compliance with their marriage contract, stating that she had violated their pre-nup agreement.
But now she claims that when she left Milan, she had written to her husband telling him that she wanted to leave the relationship and that he knew exactly where she was going.
Ms Zaiachkivska told the Post: ‘He knew where I was. He’s trying to blacken my name because I left him. Freedom is more important than anything.
‘I am at peace (in New York). I breathe freely when I walk down the street.’
Ms Zaiachkivska met her husband, 45, at a friend’s birthday dinner last summer after moving to Milan to further her modelling career.
Just months later they wed in a registry office but had been planning a formal church wedding due to be held this month.
However, Ms Zaiachkivska says not long after they got married she fled to her native Ukraine after the relationship became violent.
She told Ukrainian website tochka.net: ‘He raised his hands against me.
‘The first time when he did it I ran away to my parents’ house in the western Ukrainian city of Ivano-Frankivsk.
‘I did not tell them what the matter was. He came to get me, and I gave him a second chance, but during an argument he spat in my face, and I simply could not take it.
‘I said I am going to leave him, but I changed my mind again.
‘I had headaches for a week but Gianluca did not care about it. Finally I decided I needed to make changes as I was fed up of living in a golden cage and I ran away.’
After finally deciding to leave, she claims she left her jewelry and paintings in Milan and a note telling her husband she was moving out.
But despite leaving all her possessions behind as well as a life where she lived in a Milan penthouse and holidayed in Monte Carlo, she has no regrets.
However, Mr Cervara hit back and denied the abuse claims saying: ‘Judging by her photos she is in New York and is working as a model there.
‘She has lots of pretty photos taken in five-star hotels, she is posing with other men. She does not look unhappy at all.
‘All I can say is she is not the person she is pretending to be.’
Source: Mail online