Bravery… Common Opens Up About Being Molested As A Child!!!
First Name Tom, Last Name Foolery… And I’m Everybody’s Uncle!
Especially rapping author… Common.
The rapper, actor & activist opens up like never before in his new memoir Let Love Have the Last Word, out Tuesday.
Common is opening up for the first time about a deeply painful experience—one that he’s still coming to terms with.
The Grammy & Oscar-winning rapper, actor & activist, 47, has just released his new memoir Let Love Have the Last Word, in which he reflects on his personal journey with love & the knowledge he’s gleaned from therapy.
In the book he shares that it wasn’t until two years ago, while workshopping a scene with actress & friend Laura Dern; that a haunting memory of being molested as a kid suddenly came back to him.
The actors were preparing for their roles in The Tale.
“One day, while talking through the script with Laura, old memories surprisingly flashed in my mind,” he writes.
“I caught my breath & just kept looping the memories over & over, like rewinding an old VHS tape…I said ‘Laura, I think I was abused.'”
Common goes on to share what he now recalls happening to him when he was just 9 or 10 years old while growing up in Chicago.
“I was excited for a road trip I was about to take with my family. My mother; my godmother, Barbara; her son & my god brother Skeet; & his relative, who I’ll call Brandon…”
Arriving at his Aunt’s house in Cleveland, Common says he & Brandon were made to share a bed together one night of the trip.
“At some point I felt Brandon’s hand on me,” he writes.
“I pushed him away. I don’t remember saying a whole lot besides ‘No, no, no.'”
But Common says his abuser would not stop:
“He kept saying ‘It’s okay, It’s okay,’ as he pulled down my shorts & molested me. After he stopped he kept asking me to perform it on him. I kept repeating ‘No’ & pushing him away,” the rapper writes.
“I felt a deep & sudden shame for what happened.”
To cope, the “Glory” singer believes he “buried” the painful memories.
“I just pushed the whole thing out of my head,” he writes.
“Maybe it’s a matter of survival—Even now, two years after that flash resurgence of memories, as I’m writing, I’m still working through all of this in myself & with my therapist.”
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By: Janine Rubenstein