Popular American talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres has revealed that she was sexually assaulted by her stepfather when she was just age 15 or 16. per People magazine.
Ellen DeGeneres who appeared on the David Letterman’s latest show on Netflix, said her stepfather was a “very bad man” who hurt her, but her mother Betty Degeneres loved him. She said he will feel her breasts and pretend to be looking for lumps and she could not tell her mother what was going on.
While speaking with David Letterman, she gave some details about what actually happened living with her stepfather then. She said:
“That’s another thing that, you know, I’m angry at myself because I was too weak to stand up. I was 15 or 16 and I mean, it’s a really horrible, horrible story and the only reason I’m actually gonna go into detail about it is because, I want other girls to not, you know, ever let someone do that,” DeGeneres tells Letterman
“My mother had had breast cancer right after they got married,” the 61-year-old star continues. “So she had a breast removed, and they had a very, very sexual relationship, which was also very uncomfortable for me. And he told me when she was out of town that he’d felt a lump in her breast and needed to feel my breasts because he didn’t want to upset her, but he needed to feel mine.”
“Again, ’cause I didn’t know about bodies, I don’t know that breasts are all different and…anyway, he convinced me that he needs to feel my breasts and then he tries to do it again another time, and then another time, he tried to break my door down, and I kicked the window out and ran ’cause I knew it was gonna do–it was gonna go more to something,” she recalls. “And I didn’t want to tell my mother, ’cause I was protecting her and I knew that that would ruin her happiness.”
DeGeneres says her mother “was happy with him” even though he “was a horrible man, and I should never have protected her.”
“I should have protected myself,” DeGeneres tells Letterman. “And I didn’t tell her for a few years, and then I told her. And then she didn’t believe me. And then she stayed with him for 18 more years. And finally left him because he’d changed the story so many times.”
The Emmy winner as reported by People magazine, explained that her mother did confront her stepfather “but he said I was lying.”
“And then she…stayed with him,” DeGeneres says. “So, that made me really angry.” she said.