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Matthew McConaughey isn’t letting a 15-year-old being blackmailed into sex or an 18-year-old being molested by someone he’s “afraid of the relationship.”
McConaughey first details those two encounters in his memoir, “Greenlights,” which was released last October. He appeared as a guest on “The Conversation with Amanda de Cadet” on Sunday to share that these negative experiences “won’t beat him.”
“I’m not one to be afraid of relationships because my first experience was blackmail. It’s an aversion. No, no, it’s not like that,” he said on the podcast. “And if I go on… and I’m not going to beat it to me.
McConaughey said he is not ruling out the trauma that happened to him. “Done. Am I denying that it happened? No. I am not denying that it happened. Ugly,” he said describing the events.
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“I still get, even telling you this story, I get it… but am I taking it? I chose, non-negotiable, I’m not carrying it I bring that stuff to the life I’m going to lead and how I treat people and how I trust people and how I view situations and risk,” McConaughey said.
In a podcast episode, the “Interstellar” star opened up about when she was drugged and “unconscious” before being put and molested “in the back of a van” in Australia. He also shared that a few years before the incident, he was blackmailed for sex at the age of just 15.
McConaughey said his first sexual encounter involving blackmail didn’t stop him from having healthy sex.
“After that, I had some healthy sex and I found girls that I liked and I liked, and we slowly became intimate, and it was pretty and clumsy and all those things, but it was kind of ugly.” Wasn’t,” he said.
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The actor mentioned that he never sought therapy to help him cope with traumatic events, but had supportive people, including mentors, friends and elders, to help him recover.
In her autobiography, McConaughey touches on her parents’ abusive relationship and how her mother, Kay McConaughey, would “bang” her father on her head, causing her to break a finger. Even when raised around that toxicity, he said both of his parents were “great.”
His father, James McConaughey, died in 1992, and his mother has been living with him and his wife, Camila Alves, ever since the coronavirus pandemic hit.
McConaughey said that at a very young age he was taught “about respect, relationships, sexual intimacy and respect for space” by both his parents.
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“My dad sat me down, talking to the birds and the bees. ‘You’re getting that age, you kiss?’ And I said, ‘Yes, sir,'” she recalled. McConaughey said that from an early age his father taught him the importance of consent in sexual relationships.
“And so he goes, and he’s talking to me, he says, ‘Son, as a man in position,’ talking to me about a heterosexual relationship, ‘if you ever feel the girl If the woman hesitates, wait,'” McConaughey recalled. “He also said, he goes, ‘You might even make them feel hesitant,’ and then after you stop, they can go, ‘Oh, no, no, come on. Don’t. Wait until next time.’ ‘And he was right, I came to some senses where it was, ‘No, no, no, well, I’m out.’ And was saying, ‘Okay, good. I’m out.'”
“Greenlights” was the first time McConaughey spoke about sexual assault during his childhood. He explained to the cadet that he chose not to share too many details about the two incidents because it was not the purpose of his autobiography.
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Now, McConaughey, 52, shares three children with his wife, Camilla: Levi, 14, Vida, 12, and Livingston, 9. The couple married in 2012.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of abuse, please contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.