Dax Shepard shared the horrible news that he was molested as a young child AND that he believed it to be his fault. The painful confession is the first time the actor has ever spoken about it publicly. HollywoodLife.com brings you all the details.
Dax Shepard, 41, spoke very candidly in an interview as he admitted to being molested as a young child. It had such a profound and long-term affect on the actor that it took him over a decade before he could tell anyone the truth about what had happened to him. Find out exactly what Dax had to say below.
Who would have thought that the hilarious comedian and actor would have such a dark past. He shared the painful news on Sirius XM’s The Jason Ellis Show as he said, “It took me 12 years to tell anyone.” To make matters worse he revealed that he suffered in silence for an extremely long time and even blamed himself for what had happened. “And then all that time, I was like, a) ‘It’s my fault,’ as generic as that is …and I’m gay, I must have manifested this because I’m secretly gay.’ I had all these insane thoughts for 11 years or 12 years.”
He revealed the abuse was “minimal,” but it definitely had a deep-seated effect on him. The actor has been very honest about his problems with addiction but he never knew that those issues could have stemmed from the abuse he received as a child. His mother told him about a worrying statistic in relation to addiction and abuse. “If you’ve been molested, you only have a 20 percent chance of not being an addict,” he said. “And I was like, ‘Hm, interesting,’ because in my mind I just like to have a f***ing great time,” he said. “But when you hear a statistic like that, I’m like, ‘Oh no, I was going to be an addict, period.’ “
On a happier note, Dax is lucky to have his beautiful wife, Kristen Bell 35, by his side. The couple clearly share the same sense of humor and are BIG Game Of Thrones nerds as they just proved recently. The couple headed to the season 6 premiere in LA on April 10, as they walked the red carpet in full GOT gear! That’s right, the hilarious duo were decked out in matching gray tank tops which read ‘Stark In The Streets Wildling In The Sheets.’ Dax and Kristen have two children together, Lincoln Shepard, 3 and Delta Bell Shepard, 1.
HollywoodLifers, what do you think about Dax’s revelation? Do you think it was brave of him to open up?