Queen Latifah: "I was sexually abused"

June 11, 2009 11:34:49 AM PDT
Queen Latifah has revealed a traumatic chapter of her personal life: The singer-actress was sexually abused as a child. In the latest issue of Essence magazine, Latifah says the abuse occurred over a period of time, and at the hands of a teenager charged with watching her.

According to Latifah, she never told anyone about the abuse. Instead, she "buried" the secret and "kept people at an arm's distance."

The 39-year-old entertainer, whose new album "Persona" arrives in July, says the abuse affected her relationships.

She eventually told her parents, and has gone through therapy to come to terms with what happened.

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