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Dax Shepard Reveals He Was Molested As A Child

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Apr. 19 2016, Published 11:44 a.m. ET

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Dax Shepard made a shocking confession this week, sharing for the first time publicly that he was molested as a young boy.

"It took me 12 years to tell anyone," the 41-year-old revealed on Sirius XM's The Jason Ellis Show Monday.

"Then all that time, I was like, 'It's my fault,' as generic as that is, I'm like, I'm gay, I must have manifested this because I'm secretly gay,'" he continued. "I had all these insane thoughts for 11 years or 12 years."

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Though Shepard said his molestation was "minimal," it affected him greatly, and ultimately led to struggles with addiction later in life.

The Parenthood actor even described a statistic that his mother, a court-appointed advocate for foster care, discovered years back, which served as an eye-opener in his fight to stay sober.

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

Kristen Bell

Now, Shepard has been sober for 12 years, and shares two young children with wife of three years, Kristen Bell.



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