Actor Dax Shepard opened up about a series facet of his life while on Sirius XM’s “The Jason Ellis Show” last week.
“I was molested,” says Shepard to Ellis. “Not to the degree or extent you were … [it was] a dude in my neighborhood. I was, I wanna say, 7 and this dude was probably 18.”
Shepard goes on to say that it “was minimal, it wasn’t anything like what you recounted,” referring to Ellis’ own experienced of being sexually abused by his father.
“But even at that,” Shepard continues, “it took me 12 years to tell anyone that and all that time I was like, ‘It’s my fault,’ as generic as that is. I’m like, ‘It’s my fault.’ 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.”
Shepard also says that his mother is a “court-appointed advocate for kids in foster care” and what she’s learned over the years is that children who are victims of abuse “only have a 20 percent chance of not being an addict.”
“In my mind, I’m just like to fucking have a great time,” says Shepard. “But when you hear a statistic like that, I’m like, ‘Oh no, I was going to be an addict, period.'”
Shepard has been open about his drug and alcohol issues, telling Playboy in a 2012 interview, “I just loved to get fucked-up — drinking, cocaine, opiates, marijuana, diet pills, pain pills, everything.”
His wild ways were a huge obstacle to his eventual marriage to Kristen Bell, as he reveals they fought about his addiction and partying regularly. He’s been sober since 2004, but he says Bell still had a hard time believing he would be a good husband and a good father. He eventually proved himself, though, and the two married in 2013 and have two children together.