American actor and rapper, Common who recently opened up on being a victim of child molestation, explains why he decided to tell his story.
The 47-year-old actor made the revelation in a memoir he just released; ‘Let Love Have the Last Word: A Memoir, where he opened up for the first time about being molested while growing up as a kid.
Lonnie Corant Jaman Shuka Rashid Lynn popularly known as Common, took to twitter to explain why he decided to talk about being molested as a child in his Memoir, he wrote;
I talked about being molested because, as a Black man, many men have hidden that. Many people have hidden that. And you carry that weight with you. But at some point, you’ve got to let it go.
I hope being open about my childhood trauma can give others the strength to do the same and help them on their healing journeys. We all have experienced pain and suffering. It’s nothing to be ashamed of.
Common disclosed that he was molested at the age of 9 or 10 years by a family friend. He says the memories began to surface as he and his friend, actress Laura Dern, were prepping for their scenes in the 2018 dramatic film, The Tale.