Common Reveals In Memoir That He Was Molested As A Child

Common has released a new memoir, Let Love Have the Last Word, where he revealed for the first time that he was molested as a child. According to PEOPLE, the rapper wrote in the book that he was reminded of the traumatic experience two years ago while preparing for his role alongside actress, Laura Dern, in The Tale.

He wrote, "One day, while talking through the script with Laura, old memories surprisingly flashed in my mind. I caught my breath and just kept looping the memories over and over, like rewinding an old VHS tape…I said ‘Laura, I think I was abused.’"

The abuse took place when Common was either 9 to 10-years-old, while on a road trip to his aunt’s house in Cleveland. He continued, "I was excited for a road trip I was about to take with my family. My mother; my godmother, Barbara; her son and my godbrother Skeet; and his relative, who I’ll call Brandon…" Common said that he and Brandon were made to share a bed one night, and that is when the abuse occurred. He revealed, "He kept saying ‘It’s okay, It’s okay,’ as he pulled down my shorts and molested me. After he stopped he kept asking me to perform it on him. I kept repeating ‘No’ and pushing him away. I felt a deep and sudden shame for what happened."

The rapper then said, "I just pushed the whole thing out of my head. Maybe it’s a matter of survival—Even now, two years after that flash resurgence of memories, as I’m writing, I’m still working through all of this in myself and with my therapist."

Common went on to say that the abuse only happened once and he hasn’t seen Brandon in over 25 years, but he has forgiven him. He added, "I want to be a person who helps break cycles of violence. This is love in action and I intend to practice it."

Let Love Have the Last Word hit shelves on Tuesday (May 7th).