Matthew McConaughey is getting candid.
The 51-year-old Academy Award-winning actor, who revealed he was “blackmailed” into having sex at 15 and “molested by a man” at 18 after being “knocked unconscious in the back of a van,” explained why he did not go into further detail about being sexually assaulted as a teen in new memoir Greenlights.
During an appearance on Tamron Hall on Friday (November 6), he discussed how he wrote about those incidents in the book.
“Ultimately, there’s nothing that I feel is constructive about the details. I feel like those details, unless I had a really good constructive way that I saw it that could be relatable to other people, I felt like those details could have just been grabbed and reported for voyeurism,” he said.
“They could’ve been the thing that every single show was going to go ‘Read about the details of when Matthew was molested,’ or ‘Read about when he got blackmailed,’ and that’s the wrong headline. I write also in the book I’ve never felt like a victim,” he continued.
“Those two events happened to me at 15 and 18. If they would’ve happened to me younger, maybe I would’ve been more confused. But when they happened to me, it was very clear to me, that they were wrong, that they were not ideal, that they were not how it’s supposed to be,” Matthew went on to say.
“So I think having that clarity means that it’s probably why it didn’t stick with me and confuse me later on or left me having a non-realistic view of the way the world is supposed to work.”
He also opened up about his kids, and whether he’d allow them to work in show business.