Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey has bravely opened up about a time he was blackmailed and sexually abused as a teenager.
The acclaimed actor has shared his story for the first time in his brand new memoir titled Greenlights, a project which sees the 50-year-old go through his life in moments he identifies as green, yellow or red lights — which correlates to what made him either advance, pause or stop. At the very start of the book, the Oscar-winning actor shared several facts about himself which set the scene for the rest of the book and includes his personal experience with sexual abuse.
McConaughey revealed that his first time having sex was not consensual and stated that he was blackmailed into it. “I was blackmailed into having sex for the first time when I was 15,” McConaughey writes. “I was certain I was going to hell for the premarital sex. Today, I am merely certain that I hope that’s not the case,” he bravely revealed.
The actor also revealed that he was “molested by a man when [he] was 18 while knocked unconscious in the back of a van.” Though he does not include many more details about his experience, McConaughey affirms that he does not consider himself a victim of the situations.
“I’ve never felt like a victim,” McConaughey writes. “I have a lot of proof that the world is conspiring to make me happy.”
McConaughey also discusses the turbulent relationship between his parents, his father’s death in 1992, his arrest in 1999 and his marriage to Camila Alves.