Comedian Billy Connolly has been speaking of the physical and sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of his late father.
The Glasgow-born funnyman said he felt his father William, who died in the early 1980s, had been "disloyal" by subjecting him to sexual abuse from the age of ten.
The revelation comes in a biography written by his wife, Pamela Stephenson - a fellow comedian who later became a trained psychologist.
Connolly, 59, said his dark secret had been a huge burden, even in his adult life.
I remember it happening a lot, not every night, but every night you were in a state thinking it was going to happen, you'd be awakened by it.
He said: "I have no lack of love for my father. I love his memory now, as much as I loved him when he was alive.
"It was disloyal of him to do that to me. But there were other facets of his character that were great.
"But still, I kept thinking, if I'm still troubled by this, if I'm still carrying it around like a big rucksack full of bricks and my father's dead, I need someone to tell me how to get rid of this great weight."
Connolly said he was abused for five years from the age of ten, part of a disruptive childhood which saw his mother leave home when he was three years old, leaving him and his sister Florence in the care of their two aunts.
He added: "The most awful thing was that it was kind of pleasant physically, you know. That's why nobody tells.
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Posted By: NeverEver |
5/03/12 4:23 PM
Its sad to hear about the comedians dark side but it makes more sense why they developed a sense of humor when you know of their background