John Stamos reveals he was sexually abused as a child: "I packed it away as people do"

John Stamos

John Stamos claimed in an interview that he was sexually abused by a former babysitter and played "dead" to get her to stop.

The Greek-American actor revealed to People that the unpleasant memories were awakened while writing his upcoming memoir, If You Would Have Told Me, which will be released on October 24.

"I mean, I knew, it was always in the back, and I do so much advocacy for the [survivors]," he says. "I felt like, I remembered it slightly. It has always been there, but I packed it away as people do, right?"

John Stamos

At the time, Stamos "didn't tell" anyone as he claims. "I think I told myself, like, 'Ah, it's girls, man.'"

"It was like you're playing dead so they'll stop. But it wasn't totally aggressive," he recalls. "I don't know, it was not good."

Stamos first reflected on it while writing an acceptance speech for an award he once received for his advocacy for abused children. "I started to write it, and that's when it really came out," he recalls.

"And then I thought, 'No, tonight is not about me. It's about the kids. I'm going to pack it away again until the right moment,'" he continues. "Otherwise, I'm a phony f---. It's like, 'Come on.'"

"I didn't want the headlines to be that, and I didn't want the book to be over that," he explains. "It was a page or something, but I felt I had to talk about it. It was weird. It was something that, I think, I was probably like 10 or 11 [when it happened]. I shouldn't have had to deal with those feelings."

John Stamos

Stamos is now a father. He welcomed son Billy, now 5, in April 2018 with wife Caitlin McHugh Stamos.

"But I'll tell you, if I found out someone was doing that to my son," he says, "that's a totally different story."

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It was important for the Big Shot actor to be candid about all aspects of his life, both the highs and the lows, in his debut memoir.

"I did set out to write a hero story, but then as I was doing it I was like, 'No, I'm going to tell a human story,'" he says. "Because with the hero story, that's bulls---. And unless I was a hundred percent forthcoming, what am I doing this for, right? But it was hard."

John Stamos' memoir, If You Would Have Told Me, is available Oct. 24 wherever books are sold.

John Stamos

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