ATLANTA —Bishop Eddie Long’s wife has filed for divorce! A statement was sent out early Friday morning by Vanessa G. Long, the wife of Bishop Eddie Long, who is the leader of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia. Long married Vanessa back in 1990. They have three children together Edward, Jared and Taylor.

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Read her statement below:

“After a great deal of deliberation and prayer, I have decided to terminate my marriage to Bishop Eddie L. Long. Accordingly, I authorized my attorneys to file for divorce on December 1, 2011.

It is my sincere hope that this matter can be resolved expeditiously, harmoniously, and fairly. I ask that you respect my privacy and that of my family, as my attorneys and I have agreed that we will not try this case in the media, and I do not intend to make any further statements concerning this matter.

I also ask that the public pray for my entire family during this difficult period of transition. Thank you, and may God continue to bless and keep each of you.”