Scream Queens star Keke Palmer took to Facebook live to talk about her new book, I Don’t Belong to You: Quiet the Noise and Find Your Voice, due to be released next month. Although the book isn’t out yet, Palmer offered to read a chapter to her viewers from a chapter of their choosing, and revealed that she grew up in poverty and has been sexually assaulted.
“At the end of the day, [fame] wasn’t handed to me. At the end of the day, the cards were against me. At the end of the day, I did grow up on Section 8. At the end of the day, I have experienced abuse, sexual abuse. I have experienced turmoil in my family. We have a strong bond, but we’ve been through some shit,” Palmer read.
Palmer expressed that fans often assumed she had a privileged upbringing because of her current success, and she wants to set the record straight in hopes of encouraging young girls who have big dreams but a smaller amount of resources.
“The point is not to hide those things, because when we hide those things, we prevent other people from envisioning that life for themselves...the reality is, it doesn’t matter where you’re from, it doesn’t matter who you are, it doesn’t matter what your daddy did to you or what your mama did to you, it matters what you do with yourself. And that is the reality,” she said.