Some Things Just Leave A Stain On Your Soul: LL Cool J Discusses Being Beat As A Child On ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter’

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January 28, 2013 ‐ By Jazmine Denise Rogers

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My mother always says, “You just never know what a person has been through and you never know what they’re going through.” This saying couldn’t be more accurate. Queens rapper, LL Cool J recently appeared on Oprah’s Next Chapter where he opened up about some pretty dramatic points in his life, including being abused as a child and witnessing his father shoot his mother and grandfather. He also discussed how his sexual aggression led him to an all time low. Check out some of what he had to say.

 

On witnessing his father shoot his mother and grandfather at 4 years old.

“I guess it would leave you scarred. It was tough. You know what’s interesting, my mother forgave my father. He came back into my life and made amends for a lot of things by helping to guide me. My father made a massive blunder, but he also did a lot of things right.

 

On attacking his home invader: 

“One of those things that leaves a stain on your soul. You don’t know what you’ll do to protect your family until you’re put in that position. The desire to protect what’s yours is so strong that you go somewhere else and become another person.”

 On being abused as a child:

“A friend of my mother. It wasn’t sexual. It was just beating, take all your clothes off, kicked out in the snow, kicked outside, beat with vacuum cleaner pipes at 7-years-old.

On having sex with a pregnant woman:

“You know, at some point, you just have to be respectful. I mean when you think back on it, it’s a little aggressive. Lot’s of testosterone in that 20-year-old body. I had a rockstar’s life early on… We all have to mature. At some point, you kind of got to get your mind right. We’re all foolish in some ways…”

 

Check out footage of LL’s full interview on the following page. What do you make of his revelations? 

Photo courtesy of WENN

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  • http://twitter.com/MsRedboneBrite Tee Elyse

    DAMN!! I missed it! I wanted to see this one!! I read LL’s autobiography years ago, and it shed light on a lot of things he was going through/had been through! Interesting life story, I’ll have to try to catch this interview again!