(AllHipHop News) Rapper/actor Common was pleasantly surprised at how well his mother took the news of his childhood molestation after choosing to detail his traumatic experience in his new memoir.
The rapper went public with the incident in "Let Love Have the Last Word," revealing he was around nine or 10 years old when was inappropriately touched by a friend's relative during a family trip to Cleveland, Ohio.
Before sharing all in the new book, Common sat down with his mom, Dr. Mahalia Hines, to break the news to her, and he was relieved at how calmly she reacted to the story.
"(The conversation) wasn't as heavy as I thought it would be," he told People.com. "She's worked in Chicago public schools as a principal and teacher, so the stories she's heard... Obviously, it's different when it's your child. But she said, 'I hate that these things happened, and I know people that it's happened to before. Are you OK?' She checked on me."
Common believes she is finding comfort in the way he has dealt with his feelings surrounding his painful past through therapy because he is now able to discuss the topic openly to help others in similar situations.
"I guess she's looking at the end result," he says. "She's like, 'You seem like a happy person.' But that's another reason why I talked about it. Some people that seem happy are not always happy."
In Let Love Have the Last Word, Common also admits he "buried" the incident for decades, and only realized he had been sexually abused two years ago, when he was working on a scene for the film The Tale with co-star Laura Dern.
"One day, while talking through the script with Laura, old memories surprisingly flashed in my mind," the 47-year-old wrote. "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.'"