Eddie Long's Wife Goes Back and Forth on Divorce

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Just as news that Bishop Eddie Long's wife was planning to file for divorce made headlines Friday morning, Vanessa Long released a statement that afternoon saying she planned to withdraw the filing.

Then, by Friday night, Mrs. Long's attorney said she would in fact move forward with the divorce procedure.

"[Mrs. Long] has determined that dismissal of her divorce petition is not appropriate at this time," attorney Michael Tyler said in a final statement.

Friday morning, Vanessa Long said she'd authorized her attorneys to file divorce papers December 1, 2011.

"After a great deal of deliberation and prayer, I have decided to terminate my marriage to Bishop Eddie L. Long," she said in a statement.

But by Friday afternoon, Long's wife had changed her mind, saying her decision to file was motivated by "years of attacks in the media that frustrated and overwhelmed me."

"Upon prayerful reflection, I have reconsidered and plan to withdraw my petition for divorce from my husband," she said. "I love my husband. I believe in him and admire his strength and courage."

Mrs. Long added that she loves her family as well as New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, which Bishop Long leads in Lithonia, Ga.

"Therefore, my husband and I have mutually agreed to find healing from these attacks. We ask that you respect our privacy during this time," she said.

Now, it seems she's had a change of heart again.  Attorneys said Friday evening that Mrs. Long would not be commenting any further on the issue.

Bishop Eddie Long has not commented on any of the statements.

The couple has been married for 21 years.

Long has faced a series of legal trouble lately.

Last year, four men accused the well-known pastor of sexual misconduct. That case was settled outside of court.

Long now faces a lawsuit filed by members of his own congregation who say he misled them into a bad business deal that cost them more than $1 million.

--Originally aired December 2, 2011.

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