For the first time since Ellen’s revelation about been sexually abused by her late stepfather as a teen, her mother, Betty DeGeneres has finally spoken on her daughter’s claim. In an exclusive statement to NBC News, the 89-year-old mom said she loves her daughter very much and regrets a lot for not listening to her at that time.
In her words, she said;
I know now that one of the hardest things to do is speak up after being sexually abused. I love my daughter, and I wish I had the capacity to listen to her when she told me what happened.
I live with that regret, and I wouldn’t want that for any other parent. If someone in your life has the courage to speak out, please believe them.
For those who don’t know, Ellen opened up about that sad period in her life on David Letterman’s talk show recently even though she had earlier opened up about this sad experience to Savannah Guthrie on TODAY in October, but never gave any details.
According to Ellen, she told Letterman that the abuse started when she was 15 after her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a mastectomy. She said her stepfather used the information to sexually assault her.
He told me when she was out of town that he’d felt a lump in her breast and needed to feel my breast. 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.
She eventually summoned the courage to tell her mother a few years later, but said she didn’t believe her.
He said I was lying, and then she stayed with him. So that made me really angry.
According to Ellen, her decision to speak out is based on her desire to protect other girls from a similar situation. She said;
I like men but there are so many men that get away with so much. It is just time for us to have a voice. It’s time for us to have power.
We can only imagine how hard it was for the talk show host to open up about this but we really hope Ellen will forgive her mother and both ladies will find the inner strength to move on.
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