Dax Shepard Reveals He Was Molested as a Child: 'I Was Like, It's My Fault'

by John Boone 3:15 PM PDT, April 18, 2016
Playing Dax Shepard Reveals He Was Molested as a Child: 'I Was Like, It's My Fault'

Dax Shepard revealed he was molested by "a dude in [his] neighborhood" as a child.

The former Parenthood star opened up about the traumatic experience on Sirius XM's The Jason Ellis Show, saying it was "minimal," but that being molested by an 18-year-old when he was seven had a lasting effect on him.

"It took me 12 years to tell anyone that," the 41-year-old actor explained. "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 been public about his addiction issues in the past, now connects the two, after his mother, a court appointment advocate for kids in foster care, told him that, "If you've been molested, you only have a 20 percent chance of not being an addict."

"I was like, 'Hm, interesting,' because in my mind I just like to have a f**king great time," he explained. "When you hear a statistic like that, I'm like, 'Oh no, I was going to be an addict, period.'"

Shepard is married to Frozen star Kristen Bell and they have two daughters, Lincoln, 3, and Delta, 1. Bell previously opened up to ET about surviving the years of their relationship that they hated each other.

"Our relationship wasn't perfect," Bell explained. "We had a couple years of fighting and of growing pains and hating each other, then loving each other and going to couples therapy and we worked it out...We earned each other."

Find out what else she said in the video below.