Ellen DeGeneres made a shocking revelation as she claimed her stepfather had been sexually assaulting her by groping her breasts when she was 15 years old.
Appearing on My Next Guest Needs No Introduction featured on Netflix, Ellen said her stepfather, whom she didn’t name, would regularly break into her room and touch her breasts under the pretense that he was checking her for lumps.
As the 61-year-old star added, her own mother didn’t believe the accusations and stayed in a relationship with the man for 18 years.
“He told me when she was out of town that he’d felt a lump in her breast and needed to feel my breasts because he didn’t want to upset her, but he needed to feel mine,” Ellen recalled.
“Again, because I didn’t know about bodies, I don’t know that breasts are all different and… Anyway, he convinced me that he needs to feel my breasts and then he tries to do it again another time, and then another time.
“He tries to break my door down, and I kicked the window out and ran cause I knew it was going to go more to something… and I didn’t want to tell my mother because I was protecting her and I knew that would ruin her happiness.”
As DeGeneres went on to claim, her mother now regrets not believing her when she was younger. Apparently, Betty realized her partner had been sexually assaulting Ellen after he kept on changing his story.
“I’m angry at myself because, you know, I didn’t… I was too weak to stand up to… I was 15 or 16,” Ellen added.
“It’s a really horrible, horrible story and the only reason I’m actually going to go into detail about it is because I want other girls to not, you know, ever let someone do that…
“I should never have protected her. I should have protected myself and I didn’t tell her for a few years and then I told her.
“And then she didn’t believe me and then she stayed with him for 18 more years. And finally left him because he’d changed the story so many times.”
As for her relationship with her mother, Ellen added:
“I always have taken care of her my whole life. So I just kept taking care of her. I didn’t really let it get to me.
“Until recently, I kind of went, ‘I wish I would have been better-taken care of. I wish she would have believed me.’ And she’s apologetic, but, you know…”
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