Common just pulled back the curtain on a very personal situation. The Chi town spitter recently revealed that he was sexually abused as a child. The revelation was brought to light in Common’s new memoir, Let Love Have the Last Word.
Common explains how he didn’t truly understand the extent of his childhood abuse until 2017 when he was filming the movie The Tale, which deals with repressed memories of childhood abuse. He had the following to say about his
One day, while talking through the script with Laura, old memories surprisingly flashed in my mind,” he begins. “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.'”
Common went into further detail about his abuse, explaining how it occured on a family trip who took from Chicago to Cleveland when he was only 9-years-old:
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,” he explains.
“At some point I felt Brandon’s hand on me. I pushed him away. I don’t remember saying a whole lot besides ‘No, no, no.’ 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,
Common explained that he is currently working through his emotions with a professional and he hopes that his book will help others deal with their own personal trauma stating:
“Hopefully, people can open up about what they may have experienced in life. I’m telling what I feel and ways that I’ve dealt with it, and I want people to know that it’s a safe place to talk about things you go through.”