Corey Feldman is best known as the adorable childhood star from ‘The Lost Boys’ and ‘The Goonies,’ but in a new book he reveals that what appeared to be a carefree life, was actually a scary and abusive childhood. He even says that his safest moments were those with his close friend, Michael Jackson.
Corey Feldman‘s new memoir, Coreyography, exposes the horrors of his tortured childhood in Hollywood. Now 42, the famed actor writes that he met The Lost Boys costar, then 14-year-old, Corey Haim and they both realized they had a deeply damaging history with abusive older men.
Corey Feldman Reveals Abusive Childhood
In his new book, he says that both Coreys had become convinced that it was normal for older men and younger boys to have sexual relations and that it was “what all the guys do,” according to excerpts printed in the New York Post on Oct. 19.
The two Coreys grew up together, unfortunately both getting involved with drugs and experiencing other episodes of being molested. They depended on one another but it became unhealthy. However, Corey still looked for an older person to trust.
With a lack of trustworthy models, he turned to his Gremlins crew — the film’s executive producer, Steven Spielberg and director, Richard Donner. However, he became closest with a man who he called, “Ron,” an assistant that his father hired.
“It was almost eerie how similar we were,” he writes of Ron. “It was as if he had studied me and was copying my every move.”
At one point, Ron got Corey high on pills, and then had oral sex with a “petrified” and “revolted” Corey — this went on for years. “Slowly, over a period of many years. I would begin to realize that many of the people I had surrounded myself with were monsters,” he writes.
Corey’s ‘Normal’ Relationship With Michael Jackson
After his experiences with Ron, as well as with numerous other older men, he began searching for a safe place.
“I was shattered, disgusted, devastated. I needed some normalcy in my life,” Corey writes in his book. This led him to call Michael Jackson. “Michael Jackson’s world, crazy as it sounds, had become my happy place. Being with Michael brought me back to my innocence. When I was with Michael, it was like being ten years old again.”
He added that Michael never inappropriately touched him — it was the healthiest relationship he says that he knew. However in 2001, Michael heard that Corey was planning to trash him in his book, something that Corey obviously denied. Sadly, the two never spoke again.
Corey’s Twisted Home Life
Corey never had a positive influence at home — his mother, Sheila was a former model for Playboy and suffered from severe depression, as well as used heavy drugs. His father, Bob, did drugs with Corey, which was the extent of their relationships.
He took on his first role in a commercial at the age of three, and his mother did everything she could to make him successful.
Corey revealed that his mother called him fat and tortured him at the young age of four, eventually force-feeding him diet pills. At five, he was caught eating two cookies and she screamed at him, saying, “You have no right to disrespect me like this, you ungrateful sh-t. Do you realize that most women would die to look like this after two kids? Look at these t-ts!”
At seven, his mother thought of him as the bread winner, and would not let him even play outside saying that he had too many responsibilities. When he was fired for a role, his mother would threaten his life, and call him a “worthless piece of sh-t.”
“People always ask me about life after childhood stardom,” he writes in the book. “What would I say to parents of children in the industry? My only advice, honestly, is to get these kids out of Hollywood and let them lead normal lives.”
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— Emily Longeretta