Matthew McConaughey On Why He "Never Felt Like a Victim" After Sexual Abuse Incidents

In a new interview, Matthew McConaughey explained why he chose not to disclose details of the incidents in his new memoir, Greenlights.

By Cydney Contreras Nov 07, 2020 12:40 AMTags
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When Matthew McConaughey revealed he was sexually abused as a teen in his memoir, Greenlights, the actor chose not to share the details of the incidents, and now he's revealed why.

During an appearance on the Tamron Hall show, the True Detective star explained, "Ultimately, there's nothing that I feel is constructive about the details."

"I feel like those details, unless I had a really good constructive way that I saw it that could be relatable to other people, I felt like those details could have just been grabbed and reported for voyeurism," the 51-year-old said. "They could've been the thing that every single show was going to go 'Read about the details of when Matthew was molested,' or 'Read about when he got blackmailed,' and that's the wrong headline."

Matthew added that it would've been incorrect because he never "felt like a victim" of sexual violence. 

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He continued, "Was I victimized in those two situations? Sure. But that doesn't mean that I've carried on through my life the feeling of 'oh I was victimized,' or 'oh I was a victim,' or that those two unfortunate events have turned me into the man that I am or are even an excuse."

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"Those two events happened to me at 15 and 18. If they would've happened to me younger maybe I would've been more confused. When they happened to me, it was very clear to me, that they were wrong, that they were not ideal, that they were not how it's supposed to be," Matthew reasoned. "So I think having that clarity means that it's probably why it didn't stick with me and confuse me later on or left me having a non-realistic view of the way the world is supposed to work."

Nowadays, the Dallas Buyers Club actor is happily married to wife Camila Alves, with whom he shares three kidsLevi Alves McConaughey, 12, Vida Alves McConaughey, 10, and Livingston Alves McConaughey, 7. He told Tamron that she came into his life at the right time, explaining, "It was a time, and I think we've all been through it, where I was looking for the one. I was looking for it. At every red light, at every party, at the produce section...all of a sudden, you do go ‘Well, wait a minute, who am I? I'm trying. I am too impressed, I'm not involved, I'm not secure enough to be in my own space.' And so when I quit looking and trying, that's when she showed up."

Camila and Matthew tend to be private about their life at home, but this Thursday they opened the doors to their Instagram followers in honor of his birthday. They both shared a throwback video of their kiddos singing him a happy birthday, with Camila writing on Instagram, "This was a good alarm clock the morning after Election Day celebrating the amazing human that @officiallymcconaughey is!!!!"

Tune in to E!'s Daily Pop on Monday at 11 a.m. to hear more from Matthew, who is joining to discuss his memoir. 

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