Without a doubt, Selma Blair was one of the most iconic actresses on the big screen in the decades of the 90s and 2000s, with unforgettable performances in films such as legally blonde, sexual games Y hell boy.
However, despite hermetically keeping details about her personal life tight, the 50-year-old actress held nothing back when she published her shocking memoirs in the book Mean Baby: A Memoir of Growing Up on May 17, in which she details her alcoholism problems, which began when she was seven years old, as well as personal traumas, such as sexual abuse and suicide attempts and her struggle after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
The following is an excerpt from her book, in which Selma described her first encounter with alcohol as “a revelation”:
I don’t know if I would have survived childhood without alcoholism. That is why it is such a big problem for many people. Really, it’s a great comfort, a great relief at first. Maybe even the early years for me because I started very young with that as a consolation, as a coping mechanism.
In 2018, Selma revealed on social media that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Learning that she had this disease after years of chronic pain and exhaustion was an eye-opener for the actress, who provided a look at her treatment for her condition in the 2021 documentary, Introducing Selma Blair.
However, the star The sweetest thing wanted to expand his story in his recent memoir and although he admitted to the magazine People Hesitant to share it with the world, he confessed that by doing so, he felt as if a great weight had been lifted from his shoulders.
He never drank water, only alcohol: wine, gin, whiskey, or vodka. I fell, I vomited, I got up, I went to class.
This is how Selma describes her days at university, with her friends from the Kappa Alpha Zeta sorority, a time when alcohol abuse intensified. In addition, between the pages of her book, the interpreter of terror in the mist describes a particularly traumatic incident during a spring break trip, when she was raped after a day of drunkenness.
Alone, staggering down the sidewalk, Selma was trying to get home, but two men cornered her and abused her:
They turned me upside down. I don’t know if they both raped me. One of them sure is. I made myself small and quiet and waited for him to finish. I wish I could say that what happened to me that night was an exceptional case, but it wasn’t. I was raped multiple times because I was too drunk to say the words, “Please stop.”
The actress says that aside from recounting the horrific episodes to her therapist, she never discussed the multiple rapes with anyone else. She never told her frat friends about the street abuse. Instead, she drank to find some relief.
However, in an interview for Today, the actress revealed that the process of writing mean baby It was an important part of her healing process. Furthermore, he helped her acknowledge the fact that she was a victim:
These were the things he drank to forget. I didn’t drink to attract attention, I drank to disappear. And as soon as she did, she drank even more from the need to erase what she had done and the person she was when she was drunk.
Selma Blair’s book also recounts how, in her darkest moments, she tried to take her own life twice. However, with the support of her loved ones, she regained her self-confidence, and since then, she has been able to get her life back.
the star of Broken dreams He overcame his alcoholism after 20 years of fighting against it, therapies, rehabilitation centers and, above all, his son Arthur Saint Bleick, who was born in 2011. The actress assures that she has not drunk since 2016 after an incident in which he was present after passing out on a plane from which she had to be carried on an emergency stretcher after landing.
Finally, Selma Blair spoke about how her multiple sclerosis diagnosis gave her the courage to speak out about the challenges she has faced and thereby help others who are struggling with some form of addiction:
It really was the gift I received when I was vulnerable to multiple sclerosis. There is no room for blame.