Dax Shepard reveals that he was molested as a child, blames experience for drug, alcohol addiction

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Dax Shepard Says He Was Molested as a Child: 'It Took Me 12 Years to Tell Anyone'
Dax Shepard Says He Was Molested as a Child: 'It Took Me 12 Years to Tell Anyone'

Dax Shepard revealed for the first time on Monday that he was molested as a child.

In an interview on Sirius XM's "The Jason Ellis Show," the "Parenthood" star revealed that he was assaulted by an 18-year-old neighbor when he was seven.

"All that time, I was like, a) 'It's my fault,' as generic as that is, I'm like, 'it's my fault," Shepard said. "And I'm gay, I must have manifested this because I'm secretly gay.' I had all these insane thoughts for 11 years or 12 years."

See Shepard and his wife Kristen Bell:

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Shepard also connected the experience to his previous struggles with addiction, which he's spoken openly about in the past.

"If you've been molested, you only have a 20 percent chance of not being an addict," he said. "And I was like, 'Hmm, interesting,' because in my mind I just like to have a f–ing great time," he said. "But when you hear a statistic like that, I'm like, 'Oh no, I was going to be an addict, period.'"

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Shepard, now 41, is married to actress Kristen Bell and the couple have two daughters. He has been sober since 2004.

Listen to the full interview below:

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