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Matthew McConaughey reveals he was drugged and abused as a teenager and how his father’s lessons on consent helped him

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“Well, I was taught and guided by my parents about respect for a woman, respect for the relationship,” says McConaughey

AUSTIN, TEXAS: Matthew McConaughey recently spoke openly about being blackmailed into sex as a teenager and then drugged and molested by an older man when he was 18.

On Amanda de Cadenet’s podcast, The Conversation: About the Men, the 52-year-old The Dallas Buyers Club star opened up about some heartbreaking parts of his life that he mentioned in his autobiography, Greenlights. The star spoke about a conversation he had with his father about how he should be treated.

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In both horrifying cases, McConaughey said he knew something was wrong because of the lessons he received from his parents about sex and intimacy growing up. “Well, I was tutored and guided by my parents about respect for a woman, respect for the relationship, respect for sexual intimacy, and respect for space,” McConaughey said. He spoke about how his father gave him his first lesson on consent. “He told me, ‘Son, as a man in the situation, if you ever feel like the girl is hesitating, stop it.”

“He even said that, he’s like, ‘You can even feel them hesitating, and then after you stop, they can be like, oh, no, no, come on. Do not do it. Wait until next time.’ And he was right, I got into a sense where it was like, ‘No, no, no. OK, I’m out.’ And say, “Okay, cool. I’m out.” The girl said, “Oh, well, no, come on.” And I said, ‘No, no, no,'” he said, adding, “Trust that you’ll have another day when you’re meant to be.”

The actor said these lessons helped him a lot later on. He added that when he was blackmailed into sex at the age of 15, he could sense something was wrong because of the classes. “After that, I had to have healthy sexual relationships and have girls that I liked and liked me and we slowly got intimate and it was nice and awkward and all those things, but it wasn’t that ugly,” he continued.

Just three years after this incident, McConaughey was drugged and molested by another man. Writing about this incident in his book, he said, “I was molested by a man when I was 18 when I passed out in the back of a van.” He added that he never shared this traumatic incident with the other incident.

The ‘Gold’ star didn’t seek therapy as she had good mentors and friends who helped her overcome the trauma and shine again. “I had very good friends. I had good mentors,” he said, adding, “I never stopped believing in the things my parents were teaching me while I found out, ‘Oh, maybe they were being hypocritical about what they were teaching and what they were actually did.

“I will not be afraid of relationships because my first experience was blackmail. uh uh This is an aberration. No no. It’s not like that. And if I keep going — and I won’t let it hit me. I say, ‘I’m not going to let this undermine my sense of trust in people’ and say, ‘No, I can have a healthy relationship.’ Not negotiable. No,” he insisted.

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