Common revealed that as a young child he was molested. He detailed the horrible experience in new memoir Let Love Have the Last Word.
The incident went down when he was just 9 or 10 years of age when a relative of his godmother molested him. Common refers to the abuser as “Brandon” and described the traumatic experience.
“At some point I felt Brandon’s hand on me,” he wrote. “I pushed him away. I don’t remember saying a whole lot besides ‘No, no, no.’”
Common mentioned that he immediately felt a “deep and sudden shame” after the incident. He added that the memory of his childhood was suppressed by his brain, only coming to the surface while he was working through a scene with actress Laura Dern.
“I just pushed the whole thing out of my head,” he wrote. “Maybe it’s a matter of survival—Even now, two years after that flash resurgence of memories, as I’m writing, I’m still working through all of this in myself and with my therapist.”
Common described the way the memory was unearthed, talking through the experience of realizing he was molested years before.
“One day, while talking through the script with Laura, old memories surprisingly flashed in my mind,” he wrote. “I caught my breath and just kept looping the memories over and over, like rewinding an old VHS tape…I said ‘Laura, I think I was abused.’”
Common said that therapy has helped him work through the experience and he has forgiven “Brandon” for what he had done.