The star says he was abused by an 18-year-old neighbor when he was just 7

April 18, 2016 04:25 PM

Dax Shepard has revealed for the first time publicly that he was molested as a child.

The former Parenthood star was molested at age 7 by an 18-year-old neighbor, he said on Sirius XM’s The Jason Ellis Show. He said the abuse was “minimal,” but had a profound effect on him – and likely contributed to future addiction issues he has struggled with.

“It took me 12 years to tell anyone,” said Shepard, 41. “And then all that time, I was like, a) ‘It’s my fault,’ as generic as that is … ‘and I’m gay, I must have manifested this because I’m secretly gay.’ I had all these insane thoughts for 11 years or 12 years.”

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Shepard, who has two daughters with wife Kristen Bell, has been open about his struggles with addiction, and recently had a breakthrough when his mother, who works with children as a court-appointed advocate for foster children, told him about a statistic concerning addiction and abuse.

“If you’ve been molested, you only have a 20 percent chance of not being an addict,” he said. “And I was like, ‘Hm, interesting,’ because in my mind I just like to have a f—ing great time,” he said. “But when you hear a statistic like that, I’m like, ‘Oh no, I was going to be an addict, period.’ “