Joshua Bassett talks about repressed memories of sexual abuse he experienced as a child: ‘I’ve buried it until now’
Joshua Bassett revealed he was sexually assaulted as a child.
The singer, 20, told GQ he was dealing with memories of the sexual abuse he had endured and repressed for years.
“I experienced a lot of sexual abuse in my youth,” he says in the interview. “I only remembered that last year, that’s pretty insane. I’ve buried it so far.’
Processing trauma: On Friday, Joshua Bassett revealed he had been sexually abused as a child (2020 photo)
He also added that he was also abused by an older man later in his teens.
“And when I was a teenager, a much older man routinely assaulted me, and I couldn’t see it for what it was then,” he said.
Bassett added that one of his new songs, Set Me Free, helped him work through his trauma, calling it “an anthem for me and the kind of people who have had pain and power over me all my life.”
The singer said he wants to talk about these issues and other important topics in a podcast he is starting. He said he hopes it will be “the podcast I wish I had when I was a kid.”
Repressed memories: The star, 20, said he pushed the memories so far he didn’t think about them for years
‘Buried So Far’: Bassett Said He’s ‘Buried’ [his trauma] until now” and he was “routinely abused” by an older man as a teenager
During the interview, Bassett discussed the songs he recently released.
The Stuck in the Middle actor released three singles earlier this week, which he says are about the year he’s had.
For example, he said that one of the singles, Crisis, is about “all the crazy PR of the year.”
Many fans noted some lines that they believe were aimed at Olivia Rodrigo and her treatment of their breakup.
Speaking of new music, Bassett also talked about a few singles he’s recently released that some people think contain more than a few digs at his ex Olivia Rodrigo; the former couple pictured in 2019
All about him: Lots of fans, although Rodrigo’s hit album Sour was actually about her relationship with Bassett
In Crisis Bassett sings: “If you can tell your truth / Then I will / And it’s cool if you want me to play the bad guy.”
During Secret, he serenades the listener with, “I really hope you had your fun / Good that you’re fooling everyone / You’ve been fooling me for 16 months.”
One of Rodrigo’s most popular songs on Sour, an album that many fans believed was Bassett, is titled Good 4 U.
Although they did not confirm their romance during their relationship, the couple, who met on the set of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series in 2019, also never denied that they were dating.
From colleagues to lovers? Although they did not confirm their romance during their relationship, the alleged couple met on the set of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (seen in 2019)