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July 08, 2005

Virginia Graham Foreman spends night in jail for 'spousal abuse.'

You can read the story your-own-self. (Found at USA Today.)

Carl

Posted by plumberman029 at July 8, 2005 11:40 PM

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Fighting couples often are masters at covering their behavior with lies. I know of a couple who were slugging it out in the front yard (out in the country, where yards are huge) and people saw it while driving by. When confronted, they claimed the wife was just swatting wasps off the husband. (They fought for decades.)

Who knows how this stuff gets started? I've never in my life laid a violent hand on a female other than my sister (and she deserved it!), so I can't get inside their minds. But I completely doubt that Virginia's upbringing (which is an open book) had anything to do with her present pugilistic proclivities.

Posted by: Kevan at July 11, 2005 10:31 AM

Billy Graham's oldest daughter is Virginia Graham Tchividjian, lives in Coral Springs, Fl, and her husband's name is Stephan . Who is Virginia Graham Foreman from New Smyrna Beach, Fl?

Posted by: cahaje11 at July 13, 2005 10:58 PM

Posted by: Ron at July 13, 2005 11:07 PM

When did the husband/name change?

Posted by: cahaje11 at July 15, 2005 07:17 AM

Where is GiGi Grahams first husband????? What happened to her ? Is she suffering from manic depression?

Posted by: Trina Moore at July 20, 2005 09:43 PM

Has anyone figured out the "mystery" of Gigi Tchividjian Graham, oldest daughter of Billy Graham, married to Stephan Tchividjian in 1963 when she was 17 (and he was older than she at that time)...and this recent report of Virginia Graham Foreman (59) being married to Chad Foreman (52? Please advise the missing links...it's really puzzling.

Posted by: Britelite at July 30, 2005 07:11 PM

More importantly, Has anyone figured out the whereabouts of the author of this blog. My continual refreshing of this blog fails to produce even a mere hello from the author, and maybe an update on the clan. WHERE ARE YOU???

Posted by: . at August 2, 2005 08:19 AM

I'm here now.

Posted by: Carl at August 3, 2005 12:27 AM

The big question is where is Dr. Stephan Tchivijian?? GiGi & Stephan have made lots of money on the speaking tours. Why is she being so silent now?? It looks like she should tell her side of the story.Who is this Chad guy??

Posted by: trina moore at August 4, 2005 10:30 AM

I have heard from a reliable source that yes, Gigi divorced her husband Stephan and married Mr. Foreman, all within the last year or so. [The web shows Chad Foreman as a private investigator.] That the old information is still on the web sites is because it's still pretty fresh news. Certainly we can't expect the Grahams/Tchividjians to be writing a day-by-day public announcement of their personal trials and temptations of a negative nature while they are going throught them--thus the shock to all of us. Because they are a "public" family, the news generally comes out in one way or another, but not always as quickly or tragically as this. This is a great source of grief to the family and we need to keep them all in prayer, especially Billy and Ruth, in their advanced age and disability. People do strange and unexpected things, and Christians are not immune from committing serious sins and mistakes (that's why we became Christians in the first place, when we recognized our own sinfulness and wilfulness in the first place). Sadly, even after their initial repentance and transformation, Christians can choose to walk in the flesh or walk in the Spirit--to resist surrender or to grow in Grace--it's a day-by-day, moment-by-moment choice--never easy; and we know that Satan is out to rob, kill, and destroy--and he especially targets respectable and/or public Christians to tear them down and destroy their families. One wrong decision can destroy a lifetime, and Gigi evidently acted on her weakness, and her discipline seems swift and hard...not only for her, but her family. Sin is costly. I am praying fervently for this whole situation and invite others to do the same. One day there will likely be another book telling the story...and hopefully, including a revelation of repentance and restoration. The trickle-down damage can never be repaired completely, apart from our prayers that God works all the horrible mess together for good and conforms us all more and more to the image of Jesus Christ. ~~ This is especially heartbreaking for me to witness for this well-loved family, because I myself am a serious Christian still living with the tragic decisions of two husbands (33 years combined investment) who chose to break their vows and leave the damaged goods of their sinful, still-unrepented actions behind. My family, once loving and united, has been splintered for years because of some members' very selfish and destructive choices...no less painful, but at least we were/are not public figures. People change, and not always to the benefit of others and the glory of God...because the one gift God gave us at creation was the gift of CHOICE. And bad choices are part of the package. Be we the initiator or the benefactor of those bad choices, the price is paid by many--and it grieves the heart of God as well. We can come to Him or walk away; He is the ONLY Answer. The sooner we learn this, the the better for all.

Posted by: Britelite at August 4, 2005 04:06 PM

We have always admired the Grahams and have read many of their books. I have just finished reading In Every Pew Sits A Broken Heart and found it troubling. I wondered who Virginia Graham was and was surprised to read that she was indeed Billy Graham's daughter. We do need to pray for this family.

Posted by: Ethel Simmons at August 5, 2005 07:45 PM

Shut up with your holier than thou tripe. You do not know these people and have no right to judge. If you had read any of the actual factual information that you would know that this was all a misunderstanding. When this is all said and done, you will know that nothing ever happened besides some bystanders sticking their noses where they didn't belong. Ugh. Stupid pretentious "Christian" morons.

Posted by: Anonymous at August 22, 2005 07:39 PM

Wow. Sounds like someone pissed in Anonymous's ear or something. Such rage. Such vitreol. Such retardedness. Hey, Anonymous... How about you get some help with that attitude before you attitude eats your face off, huh? Dorkwad.

Posted by: Mister Dootz at August 22, 2005 09:51 PM

Oh yeah, Anonymous. I also give you 10 points for using the word tripe in a sentence that does not otherwise mention fish. Holy mackeral, that's a good one.

Posted by: Mister Dootz at August 22, 2005 09:52 PM

I was so saddened to learn about GiGi's divorce and the most recent event. I have followed the Grahams ministry for years and years. Raising several children myself and being clueless- I was always looking for mentors and GiGi was a breathe of fresh air. I enjoyed her candor and insight. I remember on many occasions thinking- hey this is a real person that struggles and keeps working out her salvation with fear and trembling. I was filled with hope and felt a fellow journeyman was walking along side of me. I wept as I realized that this Virginia Foreman was GiGi. I wept for GiGi, and I wept for the body of Christ. O LOrd how did a fellow journeyman become so wounded - my sister in Christ. Yes- "Jesus" is the ONLY answer but where was the body of Christ when she needed a friend to hear her questions and confusion? So often it is hard to tell your family the darkness rattling away in your heart and you long for one person to trust - one person who could witness the gangrene setting in upon your heart. This stench is horrible, the site of it hideous, and who could really hang in there with the sickness of my heart? If all of us were as famous as GiGi- having our dirt exposed- the onset of gangrene- would we not run for cover?! I know I cringe even now when I think that so much of the pain my family has experienced- came after I commited my life to Christ. The glowing testimonies of "I used to smoke, drink, and do the hoochiecoo-but now I'm saved" ..I am convinced so many of us have way more to tell after we are saved. I have been in crisis and yet no one knew. I needed a friend to talk to before things became worse- but my fear of rejection, judgement, and exposure kept me from reaching out to any brothers or sisters in Christ. Too messy, too much emotion, too much ugliness - who had the compassion- who truly believed we were level at the cross? Yes I believe it could be one decision that began this slipppery slide to this sorrowful exposure of a divorce and possible spousal abuse. Yet I wonder- in the midst of her lonliness long ago, when the first seeds of confusion were planted, when she needed someone to hear her heart and feared exposing the real GiGi- could the body of Christ held up her weary arms? Maybe the biggest problem is not that she has sinned- who hasn't- but MAYBE what we need to be focused upon is our failure as the body of Christ- that "WE" the body, had no ear to hear, no heart to love, and no compassion to give that she so desperately needed. I wonder who is the real person sitting next to us in the pew?? But then again who am I sitting in the pew? Church, saddly is not where you cry out for mercy- it is where you run for cover!! God may we begin to truly live out grace and mercy and compassion! May we truly believe -WE ARE LEVEL AT THE CROSS"!!!!! Forgive me Lord for my lack of compassion and my judgement- may I see that I am only held together by your grace and mercy. Oh God I am undone- if I were to be exposed to the world- Lord, I come to you "Just as I am"- without one plea!
Working out my salvation with fear & trembling,
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Posted by: Just as I am at August 28, 2005 03:07 PM

Stephan and Gigi made a serious mistake several years ago when they supported her brother Nelson's public lack of remorse over dumping his wife after over 19 years of marriage.
I'm sure at the time they never expected the same thing would happen to them.
What goes around comes around.

Posted by: Andy'sDad at December 7, 2005 10:02 PM

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