Ellen DeGeneres’ mother Betty lives with ‘remorse’ after ignoring sexual abuse claims

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Ellen DeGeneres’ mom, Betty DeGeneres, has spoken out after the daytime speak present host got here ahead with claims that her stepfather sexually abused her when she was 15.

“I do know now that one of many hardest issues to do is converse up after being sexually abused,” Betty, 89, mentioned in an announcement given to NBC Information through Ellen. “I really like my daughter, and I want I had the capability to hearken to her when she advised me what occurred.”

“I stay with that remorse, and I wouldn’t need that for every other mum or dad,” her assertion continued. “If somebody in your life has the braveness to talk out, please imagine them.”

Ellen, 61, beforehand spoke about her sexual assault with “As we speak” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie in 2016 however declined to enter an excessive amount of element; she opened up about her traumatic expertise in full on an episode of his Netflix sequence, “My Subsequent Visitor Wants No Introduction With David Letterman.”

Ellen claimed her mom’s husband used her mom’s breast most cancers prognosis and the truth that she needed to bear a mastectomy to sexually assault Ellen.

“He advised me when she was out of city that he’d felt a lump in her breast and wanted to really feel my breasts as a result of he didn’t wish to upset her, however he wanted to really feel mine,” Ellen advised Letterman.

“I’m indignant at myself as a result of, you already know, I didn’t — I used to be too weak to face as much as — I used to be 15 or 16,” Ellen continued. “It’s a very horrible, horrible story and the one cause I’m really going to enter element about it’s as a result of I need different women to not ever let somebody do this.”