Fitness Trainer Shaun T Reveals His Stepfather Repeatedly Molested Him When He Was A Child: I Was Afraid If I Told Anyone He’d Kill Me
Shaun T recently opened up about a devastating experience he had while growing up.
Yesterday (Thursday, Oct. 7th), Shaun T–the fitness trainer behind home workout programs like Insanity and Hip-Hop Abs–jumped on social media to share a troubling experience from his childhood. The video contains a series of on-screen messages that pop up as Shaun T repeatedly lip-syncs a verse from MIKA‘s “Grace Kelly”–“I could be brown, I could be blue/ I could be violet sky/ I could be hurtful, I could be purple/ I could be anything you like.”
In the video, Shaun T recalls an experience from his childhood and how it impacted him. The story begins:
“When I was a 8yrs old we used to have fun movie nights in our basement. We used to have to take turns running upstairs to the kitchen to get snacks during the commercials.”
However, things begin to take a turn as Shaun T continues:
“One night when it was my cousin’s turn to get the snacks, my stepfather asked me if I had ever frenched kissed anyone. I said no so he decided to teach me how to French kiss. That same night he tried to have intercourse with me.”
Shaun T then revealed:
“He repeatedly molested me weekly until I was 12 years old. I ended up moving out of my childhood home away from my mother and brother when I was 14yrs old. I was afraid if I told anyone he’d kill me so I didn’t tell my mother until I was 21 and suffered years of PTSD until I went through years of therapy and learned how to love myself!”
In the upload’s caption, the 43-year-old fitness instructor expressed the reasoning behind his decision to share the story:
“If you ever wondered why I trademarked the slogan ‘DIG DEEPER’ this is it! I was once asked, ‘Don’t you think you’re sharing too much?’ My answer: ‘Don’t you think there are too many people not sharing enough?’ #throwbackthursday #digdeeper.”
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We send Shaun T gratitude and positivity for opening up about his childhood trauma and sharing his story with others.