Evan Rachel Wood recently dropped a bombshell by revealing she suffered “physical, psychological, and sexual” abuse. The 29-year-old star insists she was once raped by a former romantic interest and a bar owner on different occasions.
She explained in an email to Rolling Stone magazine: “I’ve been raped. By a significant other while we were together. And on a separate occasion, by the owner of a bar … I don’t believe we live in a time where people can stay silent any longer.
Not given the state our world is in with its blatant bigotry and sexism.”
Speaking of intimacy, Evan realized she was bisexual at the tender age of four and finally came out as bisexual in 2011. As a result, she believes this abuse took place because people knew how to exploit her sexuality.
“It was always talked about like a phase or something stupid, or something you were doing for attention.
You know, bisexuality is worthy of eye rolls. And I didn’t realise how damaging that was until I tried to have healthy relationships as an adult and realized that there was still all this shame and conditioning and stigma around my sexuality that was really affecting the way I related to people.
I think I was taken advantage of because someone knew there was something about me that they could exploit,” the email explained.
And Evan – who has a young son with former husband Jamie Bell and was previously linked to Marilyn Manson – attempted suicide at age 22. These days she says it was both the best/worst thing she’s ever experienced.
The Westworld actress shared: “[My suicide attempt] was, weirdly, the best/worst thing that ever happened to me. ‘Cause it did not work.”
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