After staying silent during the height of the #MeToo movement and the accusations hovering around her husband Woody Allen, Soon-Yi Previn has finally broken her silence about her relationship with the director, her adoptive mother Mia Farrow and the controversies that have been pinned to the entire family.
In an interview with New York Magazine, Previn has been part of many controversies that have floated to the top of the news cycle since she began a relationship with Allen in 1991. She also addressed the ongoing scandal between Allen and Dylan Farrow, who has accused the filmmaker of sexual assault.
Previn has stayed quiet in regards since marrying Allen in 1997 — a marriage that raised a lot of eyebrows. He was 62, she was 27 and as the adoptive daughter of Farrow who had a long-term relationship with Allen. Many assumed that Previn and Allen had a father-daughter relationship, but Previn has said she never thought of him as a father figure.
In the article by Daphne Merkin, Previn addresses the allegations against her husband and her relationship with the Mia and Dylan Farrow.
“I was never interested in writing a Mommie Dearest, getting even with Mia — none of that,” she said. “But what’s happened to Woody is so upsetting, so unjust. [Mia] has taken advantage of the #MeToo movement and paraded Dylan as a victim. And a whole new generation is hearing about it when they shouldn’t.”
She told Merkin that it is hard for her to “come up with a pleasant memory” from childhood. She added that her life with Mia Farrow and then-husband Andrew Previn was volatile.
She said that her relationship with Mia “wasn’t maternal.” She recalled the first time Mia gave her a bath it was traumatic. “I’d never taken a bath by myself, because in the orphanage it was a big tub and we all got in it,” she said. “Here, it was for a single person, and I was scared to get in the water by myself. So instead of doing what you would do with an infant — you know, maybe get into the water, put some toys in, put your arm in to show that you’re fine, it’s not dangerous — she just kind of threw me in.”
Previn went into detail, claiming that Mia would physically and emotionally abuse her. She also admitted to having a “little learning disability” and said that she never spoke about it “because Mia drummed it into me to be ashamed about it.” She would have trouble spelling and learning and even to this day she has difficulties. But while she was a child, Previn claims Previn would be harsh on her when it came to learning.
“Mia used to write words on my arm, which was humiliating, so I’d always wear long-sleeved shirts,” she said. “She would also tip me upside down, holding me by my feet, to get the blood to drain to my head. Because she thought — or she read it, God knows where she came up with the notion — that blood going to my head would make me smarter or something.”
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