Matthew McConaughey reveals he experienced sexual abuse in his teens. But he refused to share details of the encounters. He said he refuses to feel “like a victim” of sexual assault.
The actor, known for his roles in Dallas Buyers Club and Interstellar, mentioned the abuse in his new memoir. McConaughey said he experienced abuse at 15 and then again at 18. Speaking on the Tamron Hall show, the actor explained why he withheld details of the abuse.
“Ultimately, there’s nothing that I feel is constructive about the details,” he said.
“I feel like those details. Unless I had a really good constructive way that I saw it that could be relatable to other people. I felt like those details could have just been grabbed and reported for voyeurism,” McConaughey continued. “They could’ve been the thing that every single show was going to go ‘Read about the details of when Matthew was molested.’ Or ‘Read about when he got blackmailed,’ and that’s the wrong headline.”
Matthew McConaughey Doesn’t Want the Abuse to Define Him
Ultimately, McConaughey said he doesn’t want to let those experiences define his life. He said he prefers to move forward with his life.
“Was I victimized in those two situations? Sure. But that doesn’t mean that I’ve carried on through my life the feeling of, ‘Oh, I was victimized,’ or, ‘Oh, I was a victim,’ or that those two unfortunate events have turned me into the man that I am or are even an excuse,” he said.
McConaughey also said the encounters happened late enough in his life that he realized they were wrong.
“When they happened to me, it was very clear to me, that they were wrong. That they were not ideal, that they were not how it’s supposed to be,” McConaughey shared. “So I think having that clarity means that it’s probably why it didn’t stick with me and confuse me later on. Or left me having a non-realistic view of the way the world is supposed to work.”
[H/T: E News]