Melody Thomas Scott has revealed she suffered years of mental and sexual abuse, at a young age.
The Young and the Restless star, 64, also opened up about working on her trauma ‘piece by piece’ through mediation and therapy, while promoting her new book.
‘I’m sure many people will be shocked to learn that I have that kind of background,’ the Emmy nominee told People of her childhood trauma. ‘They’ve seen me in their living room every day for 41 years, they believe I’m my character Nikki Newman and my life is perfect.’
Explaining her decision to come forward, she said: ‘I think it will make it even more impactful for them to realize this kind of stuff can happen to anybody.’
‘Even now, I think I’m healed, I think I’m over it, but it never really leaves you,’ the actress, who began her career at just age three, told the publication.
Despite growing up in a chaotic environment, which included abuse by her late grandmother, the author revealed she was ‘always very strong and a fighter.’
‘There is no easy fix, but I’m hoping my story opens the door for people,’ she added.
Scott, who was formerly under the tutelage of renowned coach Ethel Meglin, recalled seeking refuge in acting jobs during her youth.
‘I was living a rather unusual existence in my family home, and I knew I wasn’t living the life of a normal little girl,’ she said during an appearance on Monday’s episode of The Talk. ‘But I could go to a sound stage at a studio and play the part of a normal little girl. And that was everything to me.’
She continued: ‘The crew and the cast would treat me so nicely and be so kind, and I wasn’t getting that at home, so it was just a wonderful respite for me during those times.’
She has been married to Edward Scott since 1985, and credits him for helping her move forward.
Her book, Always Young & Restless: My Life On and Off America’s #1 Daytime Drama, will be released on August 18.