Common reveals he was molested as child
Common has gone public with a painful part of his past to help others.
The rapper and actor is currently on a press tour for his new memoir, ” Let Love Have the Last Word, ” in which he shares the story of having been molested as a child by a family friend.
On Tuesday he told TMZ he’s opening up because he wants people to adopt an attitude of ” I’ve experienced this and I can say something about it and find out how to heal myself when I’m dealing with it. ”
” It’s something that I know a lot of people have experienced, especially black young men and women, ” he said. ” Just people in general have experienced that type of thing and a lot of people are afraid to talk about it. But the only way we stop the cycle is to talk about it. ”
According to People magazine, the alleged assault happened during a trip to Cleveland when the Chicago native was around 9 or 10 years old.
Common didn’t fully identify his alleged abuser.
” I pushed him away. I don’t remember saying a whole lot besides ‘No, no, no,’ ” Common wrote in his book. ” He kept saying ‘It’s okay, It’s okay,’ as he pulled down my shorts and molested me. ”
” I felt a deep and sudden shame for what happened, ” Common added in his memoir.
He told Robin Roberts on ” Good Morning America ” Tuesday that he was initially unsure as to whether he wanted to share about the experience.
” I’m a black man and we don’t talk about those issues in ways that we could, ” he said. ” I wanted to create a space for people who have experienced that to be able to share that. That’s part of the healing. ”