While watching Tyler Perry speak about his own childhood trauma on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” years ago, Charlamagne Tha God gained a better understanding of things that happened to him while he was growing up.
“I watched him crying and I remember saying to myself, ‘Well, you know what’s wrong with him? Because I think the way that men process sexual assault is different,” the 43-year-old radio host recalled on “Daily Blast Live” on Monday.
The talk show host previously stated that he did not “look at it as sexual assault,” but rather as “getting it popping with an older woman” when he was eight years old.
Tyler Perry had told host Oprah Winfrey, 67, in 2010 about how he was molested by several males beginning at the age of five and continuing throughout his life.
The movie producer and “Acrimony” star also revealed that when he was 10 years old, the mother of one of his friends seduced him, and she was his first sexual experience with a woman.
Similarly, Charlamagne Tha God previously revealed that he was molested by his cousin’s ex-wife when he was 8 years old.
The “Breakfast Club” host opened up to “Daily Blast Live” that he used to think it was normal for young men to have sexual encounters with older women.
“I literally remember me and my guys at that age talking about being with older women back then,” the show host noted. “None of us saw it as a sexual assault.”
Charlamagne Tha God also said he didn’t fully comprehend what had happened to him at such a young age until he was in his late 30s.
“Then, I just understood it more because you don’t know what that did to you,” he concluded.
Since working through his traumas in therapy, Charlamagne Tha God has written a book titled “Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me” in an effort to normalize mental health issues.
On his new Comedy Central talk show, “Tha God Honest Truth,” which airs Friday at 10 p.m. ET, he openly discusses his experiences.