In an interview with Variety, Judas Priest‘s iconic frontman Rob Halford talked about his new autobiography named ‘Confess‘ and revealed the details of the time he was sexually assaulted by a friend of his father.
As you might remember, Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford has been working on his new autobiography, ‘Confess,’ for a while now. The book was planned to be released on September 29, 2020. Halford co-wrote his book with Ian Gittins who also collaborated with Mötley Crüe icon Nikki Sixx in his book, ‘The Heroin Diaries.’
Recently, Rob Halford joined an interview with Variety to talk about his autobiography and share the details of some of the stories he included in his highly-anticipated new book. In the conversation, Halford opened up about the terrible incident he experienced while he was very young.
Here’s how Rob Halford described the horrible situation he had to cope with at a very young age:
“It’s an important story. Sexual abuse is a horrible thing. At the time, it was terribly confusing and couldn’t have happened at a worse time, for me as a young guy that was already dealing with trying to figure things out.
Talking about it now, I can feel the horror and being totally frightened and wanting to run away, but at the same time feeling, ‘Now this is affection, in a very crude brutal manner.’ It was incredibly, incredibly complex. You can only imagine for a young man, dealing with that type of assault.
Furthermore, Rob mentioned he was able to publicly share his story since his father passed away. He stated that if his father was still alive, he would have hesitated to talk about the assault because it could make him feel guilty and added:
“Somebody asked me, ‘Would you put that story in the book if your father was still alive?‘ and I hesitated. To be honest, I probably wouldn’t have, because I would hate to have thought that my father felt that he was in some way complicit to that because he absolutely was not.
When it comes to sexual abuse, people on the outside, they feel the guilt as well — ‘Well, maybe I should have said something‘ or ‘it’s my fault for introducing this person to that person.’ It has a domino effect. But it was an important story to tell.
Additionally, Halford claimed that things might have been different for him personally if he didn’t experience such a terrible incident and continued:
“As a young person, you’re impressionable, and it manifests itself in a way that really stays with you for the rest of your life, and turns you into the sexually dysfunctional person that I am now.
I’ve come to terms with that in my adult life, but had those incidents never happened as a teenager, would I have turned out differently in the way that I’m intimate with people? Probably so.”
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