Charlamagne Tha God revealed how Tyler Perry helped him realize he was sexually abused in his childhood.
In a recent interview with Daily Blast Live, the popular and controversial radio host opened up about reckoning with his past through watching an interview with Perry talk about his tumultuous childhood with Oprah Winfrey.
“Oh man, you know what’s so crazy, when I first watched that interview, I wasn’t nowhere near doing any kind of work on myself when I saw it in real time back in the day when he was on Oprah,” he said. “I watched him crying and I remember just saying to myself, ‘Well, what’s wrong with him,’ because I think the way that men process sexual assault is different.”
“We don’t look at it as sexual assault, we look at it as ‘I was eight, getting it popping with an older woman,’” he continued. “I literally remember me and my guys at that age having conversations about being with older women back then. And none of us processed it as sexual assault, that’s not something I processed as sexual assault until I was in my late 30s. And then I just understood it more because you just don’t know what that did to you.”
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Charlamagne is currently working on Tha God’s Honest Truth, his new pop culture and politics show with executive producer Stephen Colbert. The show airs Friday nights on Comedy Central.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, call the RAINN’s National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 or chat online.