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28th May 2019

Ellen de Generes gives emotional interview recalling sexual abuse

Rebecca O'Keeffe

Ellen DeGeneres

She spoke candidly.

Ellen DeGeneres has opened up about being sexually assaulted as a child.

The TV personality was a guest onMy Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman when she opened up.

Ellen opened up about being abused by her mother’s former partner while she was young.

She said:

“He told me when she was out of town that he’d felt a lump in her breast and needed to feel my breasts because he didn’t want to upset her, but he needed to feel mine.”

Ellen’s story continued, as she explained the assault.

Ellen DeGeneres

“Again, ’cause I didn’t know about bodies, I don’t know that breasts are all different and… 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.”

Ellen DeGeneres went on to explain that she didn’t tell her mum about the assault, because she didn’t want to “ruin her happiness”.

However, when she turned 18 she admitted everything to her mother, and told her what he partner had done.

But Ellen’s mother did not believe her, and stayed with the man for 18 years.

However, she eventually left him because he “changed his story so many times”.

So incredibly brave of Ellen to open up about this.