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Dax Shepard Reveals He Was Molested as Child

And its connection to his addiction

Megan Vick

Dax Shepard revealed that he was molested as a child during an interview on Sirius XM's The Jason Ellis Show.

The Parenthood alum said that he was inappropriately touched by an 18-year old neighbor when he was 7 years old. Shepard described the abuse as "minimal," but nonetheless had a large impact on his life, including how he felt about himself for over a decade after the incident.

"It took me 12 years to tell anyone," he said. "And then all that time, I was like, a) 'It's my fault,' as generic as that is ... 'and I'm gay, I must have manifested this because I'm secretly gay.' I had all these insane thoughts for 11 years or 12 years."'s finale preview

Shepard, now 41, also admits that the incident may have lead to his struggles with addiction. He had a breakthrough when his mother - who is a court-appointed advocate for foster children - informed him that only 20 percent of sexual abuse victims avoid becoming an addict.

"And I was like, 'Hm, interesting,' because in my mind I just like to have a f--ing great time," he said. "But when you hear a statistic like that, I'm like, 'Oh no, I was going to be an addict, period.'"

Listen to the interview below