Marcus Mumford’s New Music Is About His Childhood Sexual Abuse Experience
Marcus Mumford, lead singer of Mumford & Sons, has opened up about an experience of childhood sexual abuse that became the main subject of his latest music.
In the interview, he clarifies that the abuse was not perpetrated by a member of his family, or a member of the church he grew up in, “which some people might assume.”
The song – which is the opener from his self-titled debut solo album due out next month – opens with the lines: “I can still taste you and I hate it. It wasn’t a choice in the mind of a child and You knew it.”
Mumford said the song sparked difficult conversations with loved ones, including her own mother, who was unaware of the experience until she heard it.
“I hadn’t told anyone about it in 30 years,” Mumford told GQ.
Mumford & Sons’ debut album, “Sigh No More”, was released in 2009 and has sold over three million copies in the United States. Their last album “Delta” was released in 2018. During that nine-year span, Mumford told GQ, “I leaned into alcohol a lot and got into probably addictive behaviors.”
Mumford told GQ that in 2019 he hit a self-proclaimed “low bottom” and entered trauma therapy, where he opened up about his abuse experience for the first time.
“The last three years have just tried to look at that and correct some balance,” Mumford told GQ.
He said he has since quit drinking completely and has also addressed unhealthy eating habits.
Research from the Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention found that 1 in 13 boys in the United States experience childhood sexual abuse, as well as 1 in 4 girls.
A 2005 CDC study A 1998 study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine found that survivors of childhood sexual abuse had a increased risk four to twelve times for alcoholism, drug addiction, depression and suicide attempts.
A 1997 study published in the Clinical Psychology Review found that men are less likely than women to report cases of sexual abuse.
Mumford made it clear in “Cannibal” that finally talking about what happened has allowed him to begin to heal:
“But when I started to tell,
It’s become the hardest thing I’ve ever said out loud
The words got locked in my throat
Man, I choked
And that’s what it’s like to be free
Even if he follows down
Look in the dark with me.”
If you or a loved one is experiencing sexual abuse, please call the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) confidential 24/7 National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656- 4673.