Marcus Mumford revealed that in an interview with GQ that he was sexually abused as a child.
The Mumford & Sons singer opened up about his childhood experiences after discussing his upcoming single “Cannibal,” which references the abuse.
Mumford said he was “sexually abused as a child” and had “not told anyone about it for 30 years”.
The 35-year-old has been married to actress Carey Mulligan since 2012 and the couple currently reside in England with their two children.
In the interview, Mumford revealed his parents didn’t know and discussed how he told his mother about the experience through his new single “Cannibal.”
Here’s everything you need to know.
What did Marcus Mumford say in the GQ interview?
Mumford revealed in the GQ interview that he experienced sexual abuse when he was 6 years old.
Mumford said: “Like many people – and I’m learning more and more about this as we go and play it to people – I was sexually abused as a child.
“But I hadn’t told anyone about it for 30 years.”
“Not in the family and not in the church, as some might think.”
The singer explained that he really started struggling in 2019 when his band toured to promote their Delta album.
He said: “I had gotten to the point where I had basically hit a rock bottom where I was ready to give up.
“I had the people closest to me hold up a mirror and say, ‘Dude, there’s something wrong here and it’s your responsibility to find out.'”
Mumford chose to seek therapy from a trauma therapist.
In his second session, while talking about the experience, he became physically nauseous.
“Apparently it’s very common,” he noted. “Once you’ve basically resolved the denial and started the process of removing some suppression, then it’s natural for this stuff to come out.
“I’ve had trouble breathing my whole life – not asthma, just trying to catch my breath.”
Describing the abuse, Mumford said it was “the first in a series of really unusual, unhealthy sexual experiences at a very early age.”
“And for some reason, and I can’t really understand why, I didn’t become a perpetrator of sexual abuse — although I did my fair share [bad] Behavior.”
He added that he’s lived his life in “layers of shame” that he’s become “addicted” to.
What is his new song Cannibal about?
Cannibal is Mumford’s first single from his debut solo album (Self-titled) which will be released on September 16th.
The song references the sexual abuse and actually helped him open up about the experience with his mother.
Mumford had told no one about the abuse, not even his parents, who were leaders of the evangelical Christian Vineyard Churches.
The singer performed “Cannibal” to his mother, who asked him what it was about.
Mumford recalled telling her, “Yeah, it’s about the abuse thing.” She said, ‘What are you talking about?’”
He added, “So if we’ve been through the trauma of that moment for her as a mother, hearing that and wanting to protect her and help and all that stuff, it’s objectively fucking hilarious to tell your mom about your abusing damn song, of all things.” .”
Cannibal is the first song Mumford released from his album and it is also the opening track.
He explained, “I felt like it had to go first.”
“I started kind of apologizing for it, in my head. But it’s like: That’s not right either.”
What are the lyrics to Cannibal?
Cannibal is a deeply personal song that explores Mumford’s experiences of childhood sexual abuse.
The video for the single was directed by Steven Spielberg and filmed in a New York City high school gym.
The lyrics begin: “I can still taste you and I hate it. This wasn’t a decision in a child’s mind, and you knew it. You took the first piece from me and ate it raw. Ripped it up with your teeth and your lips like a cannibal. You bloody animal.”
Here are the full lyrics to Cannibal:
I can still taste you and I hate it
This wasn’t a decision in a child’s mind, and you knew it
You took the first piece from me and ate it raw
Ripped it up with your teeth and your lips like a cannibal
You damn animal I can still taste you and it’s killing me
That there’s still a sick part that excites me
That my own body betrays me again and again
There is such power there, it can destroy me
Because I know I can’t speak it
But once I started speaking, it became the hardest thing I’ve ever said out loud
The words got stuck in my throat
And this is how it feels to be free
Even if it follows back down
Stare into the dark with me
But I know I have to speak it
If I could forgive you now
Get rid of all the guilt I know
If I could forgive you now
As if saying the words would help me know how
Help me know how to start
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