Marcus Mumford, lead singer of the band Mumford & Sons, has opened up about his childhood sexual abuse experiences that have become the subject of his latest music. .
In an interview with GQ published on Wednesday, Mumford revealed his new song "Cannibal". The crux is "what happened when I was six years old."
clarified that it is not.
This song is the opening track for his self-titled debut his solo album due to be released next month. start with a line. Still, I hate your taste. It wasn't a choice in a child's mind, you knew it.
"I haven't told anyone about this in 30 years." '" Mumford told GQ.
Mumford & Sons' debut album "Sigh No More" was released in 2009 and in the US he has sold over 3 million copies. His latest album 'Delta' was released in 2018. During those nine years, Mumford told GQ, "I've been pretty lean on booze and picked up some behavior that was probably addictive." In 2019, he said he hit a self-described “rock bottom” and started trauma therapy. There he spoke for the first time about his experience of abuse.
"For the past three years, I've been looking at it and trying to fix the balance," Mumford told his GQ.
He said he has since stopped drinking altogether and is also working on unhealthy food habits.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studies found that 1 in 13 boys and 1 in 4 girls in the United States were sexually abused as children.
In his 2005 CDC surveyconducted among members of the San Diego Kaiser Permanente HMO, 16% of men by the age of 18 had was found to have been sexually abused. His 1998 survey preventive medicine study, published in the American Journal, found that survivors of childhood sexual abuse had a four-fold higher risk of alcoholism, substance abuse, depression, and attempted suicide. A 12-fold increase was found .
Mumford reveals in "The Cannibal" that by finally speaking about what happened, he can initiate healing:
"But when I began to speak,
it became the hardest thing I ever said out loud
Words stuck in my throat
Man, I choked.
And this is what it feels like to be free
Even if it returns
Stare the darkness with me."
If you or someone you love is being sexually abused, Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) Confidential 24/7 National Sexual Assault Hotline Please call 1-800-656-4673.
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