Keke Palmer: Actress breaks silence on sexual abuse experiences

Keke Palmer: Actress breaks silence on sexual abuse experiences

Keke Palmer at the Billboard Awards

Keke Palmer's upcoming book is all about owning your humble beginnings and hers was as humble as they come.

Keke Palmer is all grown up and handling things the matured way. The Hollywood actress has come clean with fans about her experiences while growing up.

In her upcoming book, "I Don’t Belong to You: Quiet the Noise and Find Your Voice", Palmer tells of her experience with sexual abuse.

In a Facebook Live chat the 23-year-old shared this week, she was asked about why she chose to share her story in her upcoming book, which led her to open up about her tough beginnings.


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Although the video has been pulled down, here are some things that stood out.

“I decided to write a book because I felt like so much of my life was similar to others. So many people watch my career and sit back and think they can’t do the things I can do because they think I came from a privileged lifestyle.

"I’m trying to let y’all know immediately, I’ve been through some s–t. Some real sh–t, ya’ll. I didn’t come from glitter and glow. It really was Godsent how everything happened for [me and my family].”

She went on.

“When we got [to California], the first couple of weeks, I got a Kmart commercial. People really thought I was born into this industry. They felt like it was handed to me. But that was the gag, and that’s the gag that my family, we all have. At the end of the day, it wasn’t handed to me. At the end of the day, the cards were against me. At the end of the day, I did grow up on Section 8. At the end of the day, I have experienced abuse, sexual abuse. I have experienced turmoil in my family."


Palmer went on to encourage her fans, telling them that despite all she had been through, she still managed to crawl her way to the top and those experiences should not be hidden as they add character.

"We have a strong bond but we’ve been through some sh–t. The point is not to hide those things, because when we hide those things we stop other people from being able to envision that life for themselves. "Somebody may have gotten abused, somebody may have been put down, somebody mama wasn’t in their life, somebody daddy wasn’t in their life – whatever it could have been.

"If they don’t see that anybody else has gone through that, and people keep acting as though they live these perfect lives, then it really doesn’t allow other people to be inspired and motivated to go beyond their current realities. It leaves them in a position of thinking they’re not good enough or this life wasn’t offered to them to be good.

"The reality is it doesn’t matter where you’re from, it doesn’t matter who you are, it doesn’t matter what your daddy did to you or what your mama did to you, it matters what you do with yourself. And that is the reality.”


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Like most child stars in the American movie industry, Palmer has had her fair share of meltdowns but as she has explained, the help of her family seems to keep her going.

She has managed to remain relevant in the movie industry years after her mates have faded into obscurity.


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