Matthew McConaughey has revealed he was molested at age 18, in the star’s new memoir.
The actor, 50, wrote about the horrific incident, during which he was ‘knocked unconscious’ by his male assailant, in his book Greenlights.
‘I was molested by a man when I was 18 while knocked unconscious in the back of a van,’ wrote the Dallas Buyer’s Club star.
Candid: Matthew McConaughey has revealed he was molested at age 18, in the star’s new memoir. Seen here in January 2020
He also admitted to being ‘blackmailed into having sex for the first time when I was 15. I was certain I was going to hell for the premarital sex.’
‘Today, I am merely certain that I hope that’s not the case.’
However, despite the traumatic twin incidents, Matthew has maintained his sunny outlook on life.
‘I’ve never felt like a victim. I have a lot of proof that the world is conspiring to make me happy,’ wrote the Failure to Launch star.
The actor was born and raised in Texas, attending the University of Texas in Austin.
In 2006, McConaughey supported the university’s Rape Elimination Program by helping to shuttle students home after dark.
Throwback: The actor, 50, wrote about the horrific incident, during which he was ‘knocked unconscious’ by his male assailant, in his book Greenlights. Seen here in 1987
Meanwhile on Tuesday, the True Detective star’s wife Camila Alves posted a cute photo of her husband and his mother.
The Oscar-winning actor was seen with no shirt on as his mom was on his lap while the two promoted his new memoir.
‘One proud mamma!’ the mother of three said in her Instagram caption. ‘Greenlights book out TODAY!!!! Uau!!! Words can not express how proud I am of this work of love that Matthew did!!’
Support: McConaughey’s wife Camila Alves posted a cute photo of her husband and his mother on Tuesday. The Oscar-winning actor was seen with no shirt on as his mom was on his lap while the two promoted his new memoir GreenLights
The fashion model then said: ‘Laugh out loud, to tears, to wisdom, to the bumper stickers it is a journey you just have to read!!! Turn your red lights into greenlights!!’
The star lives in Texas with Alves and their three children: Levi, 12, Vida, 10, and Livingston, eight.
Matthew looks youthful as he smiles while with his mother Mary Kathlene McCabe, a former kindergarten teacher. She wore a beige top that went nicely with her blonde hair and added gold jewelry.
The actor has published a candid memoir about his fascinating life.
Before Camila, the Texan was viewed as a bongo-playing, bong-toking free spirit who loved to play those drums in the nude while stoned on weed.
Family man: Matthew is seen with wife Camila Alves, their three children,Levi, 12, Vida, 10, and Livingston, eight, and his mother Kay in 2019
In 1999, a knock on his door was the police responding to the neighbour’s noise complaint. They found him stoned and naked with a bong nearby.
He resisted arrest and was hauled off to jail for resisting as well as on a marijuana possession.
The charges were dropped eventually but he had to pay a fifty dollar fine for disturbing the peace, a mere drop in the bucket for the actor who was then earning $4 million a film.
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He sang sing-alongs with his cellmates and even had T-shirts printed that read, ‘What part of naked bongo playing don’t you understand’?
The actor was also linked to string of stunning actresses before settling down with wife Camila, including Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd, Renee Zellweger, Patricia Arquette and Penelope Cruz.
Discussing his biography with The Times Magazine, Matthew revealed that his wild past stems from his unconventional childhood.
Yet despite a tumultuous life he’s ‘more reliable that anyone in his family,’ having grown up with mum Kay and father Jim, who divorced twice and married three times.
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In the interview, Matthew detailed his parents’ fiery marriage, including the moment his mother threatened her husband with a knife after making a flippant remark about his weight.
Only four years old at the time, he explained that this sort of behavior was commonplace between his parents, and it wasn’t something he was typically shielded from.
He explained: ‘I mean, I had no context, maybe because I was four. My brother, Rooster, who’s older, he’d probably be like, ”Oh s**t, yeah. Seen that kind of stuff go down a lot.”
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Matthew also insisted that despite a few violent moments he grew up in a predominantly loving household, saying it ‘was part of the beauty of our family.’
Asked whether he’s a reliable narrator for his family in his memoir Greenlights, he added: ‘I’m much more reliable than anyone else in my family!’
McConaughey also said his ‘main dream’ was always to be a father.
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He insists that despite his glittering career, it is his family that means the most.
Speaking about the joys of fatherhood, he shared: ‘The one thing I knew I always wanted to be was a father. That’s been my main dream. That has always been, like, well – you made it.’
Matthew and Camila have always taken their children with them for their work, against the grain of Hollywood A-listers, but it is something they would never regret.
Speaking to The Times magazine, he added: ‘I spoke to a few very successful people [in Hollywood] and none of them did it how we do it. Every one of them chose to let their children stay at school, with their friends, rather than bring them with them on location. Every one of them said they’d do it differently if they could go back.’
Meanwhile, the actor says that he and Camila have a love they ‘never question’.
His background: The Texas native is known for the night he was playing bongos naked
Recalling the night he met Camila, he said: ‘I was like, “Wait, just wait. Be yourself. She’ll come if she’s supposed to come. And if she doesn’t, that’s okay, you’re still a good man, McConaughey.” That’s when she showed up, and she moved right to left in front of my eyes across that club. It was as if she was floating.
‘And I did not say, “Who is that?” I said, “What is that?” And then introduced myself.’
Matthew knew Camila was the one for him the moment they met, and hasn’t looked back since.
He added: ‘Since that evening I have not wanted to spend time with any other woman, definitely have not wanted to sleep with anyone else. I’ve not wanted to have children with anyone else other than her. We have a love that we never question.’