Christina Milian opened up about her abusive ex because she wanted to help other victims.

Christina Milian

Christina Milian

The 34-year-old singer recently spoke out about a terrifying incident, which occurred when she was just 17, when her boyfriend pulled a gun on her and said she hopes her decision to come forward will show other people that they are not alone.

She explained to the Huffington Post: "I opened up about my experience with domestic abuse because I think it's something that is so hidden and so in the dark. The unfortunate thing of going through something like that is you just kind of feel like you're alone.

"I want to let girls and just anybody going through that know that they're not the only ones that have been through it, and you can make your way out, and to be confident and feel better about themselves. It's technically a brainwashing situation and it takes a lot to rebuild your confidence. But you can do it. Listen to that voice in your head that's telling you that you need to leave."

Detailing the abuse previously, she said: "He literally put a bullet in the gun and pointed it at my face.

"Staring down the barrel of a gun is the scariest thing you could ever experience. It's not funny, it's not for the movies. There's a chance of life or death in one click, that's it."

Christina managed to leave her violent unnamed ex in New York and moved to Los Angeles to start a new life.

She has a daughter Violet with The Dream, who she married in 2009 and divorced in 2010.