In a shocking new interview, Ellen DeGeneres has revealed a horrifying incident from her past. In an upcoming interview on David Letterman's My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, DeGeneres reveals she was sexually assaulted by her stepfather when she was a teenager.
According to DeGeneres, she was first abused once her mother Betty was diagnosed with breast cancer. The talk show host stated,
He told me when [my mom] was out of town that he'd felt a lump in her breast and needed to feel my breasts. Anyway, he convinced me that he needs to feel my breasts and then he tries to do it again another time, and then another time.
DeGeneres first made the shocking claim in a 2005 interview with Allure magazine about her late stepfather. DeGeneres told Letterman she was disclosing what happened to her as a way to empower other women and girls. DeGeneres stated,
I'm angry at myself because, you know, I didn't, I was too weak to stand up to, I was 15 or 16. It's a really horrible, horrible story and the only reason I'm actually going to go into detail about it is because I want other girls to not ever let someone do that.
DeGeneres also admits she kept silent about the abuse initially to protect her mother. The comic admits,
I should never have protected [my mother]. I should have protected myself and I didn't tell her for a few years, and then I told her. And then she didn't believe me, and then she stayed with him for 18 more years and finally left him because he'd changed the story so many times.
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction's second season will stream on Netflix this Friday.