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freed after the taliban captured them in afghanistan. now for the first time she details the horror she experienced in five years of captivity and in her marriage. here's kyra phillips. >> reporter: tucked away in rural america, caitlyn cole mp and her children live a simple life. a far cry from how the world came to know them. >> they are willing to kill us. >> reporter: as prisoners of the taliban. held around the clock by armed guards, completely isolated from the outside world, unsure if they would ever be free again. >> i tried not to think about that possibility very much, that we might be killed. maybe we'll be prisoners forever but they're never going to kill us. >> reporter: but as the story of her and her husband joshua boyles and their long-awaited release played out through hostage videos and headline,
caitlyn says there was a secret struggle, a struggle she's never publicly spoken about until now. >> what i was going through inside the cell was more horrific. i was actually more afraid of him than of the captors. >> reporter: kate lcaitlyn and joshua's story starts simply enough, two home schooled teenagers bonding online. >> i was a huge "star wars" fan. i got involved with this online "star wars" forum i found. and josh was also into "star wars" as a teenager. we were both sort of members of that forum. i was sort of looking for a romeo. he seemed to fit the bill at the time. >> reporter: raised catholic, caitlyn had a sheltered upbringing in southern pennsylvania. josh grew up in canada. his background more complicated. >> he was still married at the time that he proposed to me. >> reporter: josh's wife, one of canada's most outspoken supporters of islamic,
extremism. did you have any concerns about him, his religious beliefs, his ex-wife, his past? >> i had seen josh as my quote-unquote true love. we'd had a very dysfunctional relationship, lots of fights, but i still saw him as my true love. at that time i didn't think he sympathized with the taliban. >> reporter: so kate lcaitlyn m josh, discovering she was pregnant in 2012. but he had other plans, a hiking trip through central asia. how was the decision made that were you going to afghanistan? >> josh had an interest in afghanistan for a while prior. josh proposed the central asia trip to me, and i agreed to it. he said we won't go to afghanistan, okay maybe we'll just dip in for one day, but about a week after we had landed in kyrgyzstan, josh started talking about his plan was that we essentially going to make our way down to the border of
afghanistan and that that was his intention with the trip. he believed that the taliban in afghanistan were misrepresented in the west, so he saw this as he's going to get in and sort o no good guys in the war against the taliban and that he wanted to document their perspective. why didn't you say, are you crazy? what are you thinking? >> i did say that. and he just said essentially you're dumb, to be quiet. >> reporter: so why didn't you say, i'm pregnant, no. you're dumb, i'm out of here. >> i westeish i had the strengt do that. he made it difficult for me. he kept the passport. he didn't give me access to money. i think i recognized that things were so bad that i didn't want to deal with it. >> reporter: but caitlyn would sto soon be dealing with much more. after crossing into taliban territory, the couple was
captured, kacaitlyn now six mons pregnant. was a long time bore the hostage sunk in. >> my children have seen their mother defiled. >> reporter: caitlyn went ton give birth in captivity and have two more children. they became known as america's littlest hostages. you said you and josh made the decision together to have kids. was that true? >> i was not given a choice as far as whether or not we would have children in captivity. >> reporter: are you saying that he was raping you? >> um, yes. you know, i'm not saying that i physically struggled, but i am saying that i found relations with him pretty abhorrent, but i didn't have a choice. josh's mental state devolved to such a point that there was sort of like abuse on a constant level. >> reporter: so you're not only
being held captive byheal ban,pte your husba captivity. >> but 2017, almost fivearster theirapre >> the american mother and her family held hostage for five years, freed by a terror group. >> yesterday the united states government working with the government of pakistan, secured the release of caitlan coleman, joshua boyle and their three children. >> reporter: but caitlyn says even after their release she was still a hostage held by josh's physical and emotional abuse. she sat down with abc shortly after the rescue, still dressed in traditional muslim garb. josh seemingly controlling her every move. >> he restrictedything. ad no freedom as far as where i would go, who i would talk to, how i would dress, what i would say. >> reporter: a few months later,
caitlyn said she couldn't bear the abuse any longer, fleeing from her husband in the dead of night. joshua boyle was arrested in december 2017, charged with assault and ironically, unlawful confinement along with other crimes. he has pleaded not guilty and the trial is ongoing many through his attorneys, boyle declined to come. kate lynn and her children are a now adjusting to their new lives. like army intelligence officer chris costa and tom bossert, now an abc news contributor, they both travel to caitlyn's home to meet her. >> spent a lot of time with a lot of hostage families, and you don't always have a positive outcome. so this is, to meet the people that you get out, that's a great opportunity. >> this i us.
>> hello! >> hello. >> reporter: they, too, had the same question so many americans asked while the hostage drama unfolded. >> got to ask, like what the heck did you go to afghanistan for in 2012? >> i went to afghanistan because my husband told me i had no choice. that was why i went. josh was sympathetic to the taliban. he would always tell me, i think they're misrepresented in the west. i think they're good people. when you meet them, you're going to see. so i saw. and they are, with the exception of my husband, the worst people that i've ever known in my life. >> reporter: but caitlyn still clings to some hallmarks of her captivity. so when you were being held captive, did you convert? >> i do follow a lot of muslim rule the for morality, i'm not sure i fit in one category. >> reporter: and for those that see this interview, they may see
you and say she still has a scarf around her head. what is that about? >> so i do cover my hair as a modesty thing, and it is certainly a precept that some muslims follow, but christians do, some jews do. >> reporter: have you ever thought this is stockholm syndrome? >> yeah, i've thought about that. in ten years will i look back and say i covered my hair because of stockholm syndrome? i really don't now. >> reporter: but what caitlyn does know, after years of captivity and abuse she finally has her freedom. >> we do have some ordeals ahead of us, but then i loot i survived, and i don't think there's anything that i couldn't handle. >> reporter: for "nightline," i'm kyra phillips. >> our thanks to kyra. up next, we switch gears. deejay khalid flying high with
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wife nicole and their son. the last time we linked up with you you just had a son. >> yeah. >> reporter: how has life changed from that? >> my son showed me what real love is. it's the purest, the holiest and the most incredible love i've ever experienced in my life. being a father to me now is like the highest album. that's why i named my album father masaud. this album is my best body of work. not only did i go all out, this is my 11th album. if you get past ten -- >> reporter: you're doing some things. >> yes, you're doing some things. i'm blessed to work with great artists, but i'm also blessed to pull the greatest of the great from the artists. >> reporter: how do you do that? >> energy, ideas, being a
winner. winners like to work with winners. you know, working with me is something every artist know, i'm going to hit the home run. i'm going to score the touchdown, i'm going to slam dunk it. >> reporter: there's a lot of trust that's been built in. >> a lot of trust. >> reporter: it's that trust that has made him a grammy nominee, and a red carpet staple. you still get a little starstruck around beyonce and rihanna, is that true? >> 100%, very true. beyonce, there's a few words i say, thank you, i appreciate you and how fast i the corner. >> reporter: khaled has become one of the most visible artists not just through music but by harnessing social media to build the brand. you came in here snappin', man. >> yeah. >> reporter: any idea it would
become what it has become? >> no. i definitely didn't plan it. it's just me being myself. me being khaled, me being who i am. let me show you my office where a lot of beautiful personal photos of the family. my son, myself, me and jay z. >> reporter: he gave us a tour of his home, a museum music memorabilia. >> carlos santana gave me this guitar. >> reporter: all of this is an a world away from his humble beginnings. he was born to palestinian parents in new orleans with big dreams and the patience to achieve them. how do you instill the same kind of qualities in your son that you've learned through this process, through this struggle? obviously, he's not going to grow up the same way you grew up. >> he's going to grow up the way i feel he need to grow up, meaning as in energy wise.
and i'm teaching him, when he gets older how hard mommy and daddy work. the same way i was raised. my mom and dad raised me at their work, but they loved me so much, when i grew up, i knew what it was to work hard. it wag man early. >> this is my personal story. >> reporter: i want to talk about the process. when i listen to one of your tracks and hear it all come together, i'm like, where did this start from? >> it starts for me with the production, making sure i'm in love with the production of the music part, with no lyrics yet, just music. you know, ideas, like "wild thoughts." that's an idea. ♪ i want to be your baby, baby, for me come up and say hey, i should flip this classic, how am i going to flip a classic and make it a classic. >> reporter: for the first time, baby assad is now part of the
process, at just 2 years old, he's named the executive producer on the project. and assad will help you kind of figure that out? >> he'll know the hits. he'll come in here, bob his head, smile, put his hands up. >> reporter: does it still touch you when someone says not only that they look up to you but that you've had a positive impact? >> oh, man, so beautiful, man. i immediately tell them god is great. and if i could help you inspire, motivate through my actions, thank you. but i want to let you know that you inspire me as well. >> give dad a kiss. >> reporter: back at that school in brooklyn, it's clear opportunity is a hand dj khaled is intent on impressing, leaving a lasting impression on his young son. >> i love them. that's what i'm about. i'm about the young world. the young world is theso impornd with love so they can be
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