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Dax Shepard has bravely opened up about the sexual abuse he suffered as a child, and how he believes it later led to his addiction issues.

Shepard revealed the sexual abuse last week in an interview on The Jason Ellis Show on SiriusXM, explaining that he was molested by an 18-year-old neighbor when he was just 7 years old.

Shephard explained to Ellis that the abuse "was minimal" before going on to reveal "but even at that, it took me 12 years to tell anyone that."

However, those solitary 12 years before Shepard confided in someone were filled with "insane thoughts" he told the announcer. "I was like, a) it's my fault, as generic as that is," he said "and I'm gay, I must have manifested this because I'm secretly gay."

Shephard as Crosby in Parenthood
Shephard as Crosby in Parenthood

The 41-year-old actor then went on to speak about how, years later, his mom helped him realize that his struggles with drug and alcohol addiction might have come about as a result of the abuse. Shepard's mom, a court-appointed advocate for foster kids, once called her son to share a statistic she'd recently learned during a seminar. "If you've been molested, you only have a 20 percent chance of not being an addict," Shepard said.

At that point, Shepard said that the statistic put a lot of things into perspective. "I was like, 'Hmmm, interesting,' because in my mind I just like to f--king have a great time. But when you hear a statistic like that, I'm like, 'Oh no, I was going to be an addict, period.'"

Shephard with wife Kristen Bell
Shephard with wife Kristen Bell

In fact, the actor's alcohol and drug use was so bad that in 2012 he told Playboy the he was lucky he never ended up in jail. "I just loved to get f--ked-up — drinking, cocaine, opiates, marijuana, diet pills, pain pills, everything. Mostly my love was Jack Daniel's and cocaine," he shared.

However after living the hard partying lifestyle for a time, in 2004 Shepard got sober and in 2007 began dating his now wife, Kristen Bell. Though he admits his "good girl" wife had trouble believing that his party days were behind him, these days the pair are happily married parents to two girls, Lincoln and Delta.

Source: US Weekly


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