Common recently opened up about a painful experience he repressed for years and is finally coming to terms with it. The Grammy and Oscar-winning rapper, actor and philanthropist — Common recently released his new memoir Let Love Have the Last Word on Tuesday (May 7), giving fans a rare look into his personal life. The memoir expresses his journey of love, heartbreak and coming to terms with a past he did not realize he buried.
According to People, in the book, Common shares that it was only two years ago, while working on a scene with Actress Laura Dern did the memory of being molested as a child resurface.
“One day, while talking through the script with Laura, old memories surprisingly flashed in my mind,” he writes. “I caught my breath and just kept looping the memories over and over, like rewinding an old VHS tape…I said ‘Laura, I think I was abused.’”
CAUTION: The below text contains a graphic description of an instance of childhood sexual assault
Common goes on to describe the events that took place when he was 9 or 10 years old growing up in Chicago.
“I was excited for a road trip I was about to take with my family. My mother; my godmother, Barbara; her son and my god brother Skeet; and his relative, who I’ll call Brandon…”
Common shares that once his family arrived at his aunt’s house in Cleveland, he was made to share a bed with his relative Brandon for the night.
“At some point I felt Brandon’s hand on me,” he writes. “I pushed him away. I don’t remember saying a whole lot besides ‘No, no, no.’”
He continues that his abuser refused to stop, “He kept saying ‘It’s okay, It’s okay,’ as he pulled down my shorts and molested me. After he stopped he kept asking me to perform it on him. I kept repeating ‘No’ and pushing him away,” the rapper writes. “I felt a deep and sudden shame for what happened.”
The Chicago born rapper believes in order to cope, he suppressed the painful memory.
“I just pushed the whole thing out of my head,” he writes. “Maybe it’s a matter of survival—Even now, two years after that flash resurgence of memories, as I’m writing, I’m still working through all of this in myself and with my therapist.”
Although it’s only been two years since his revelation, the “Glory” rapper says,  “I want to be a person who helps break cycles of violence,” he writes. “This is love in action and I intend to practice it.”
We hope you find the peace you deserve Common.

Written by: Hadiya Cambridge