Marcus Mumford is the lead singer of Mumford & Sons, and he plays a range of instruments with the group, including guitar, drums, and mandolin. Marcus recently admitted to being harassed at a young age.
In a recent interview, Marcus Mumford admitted to GQ magazine that he was sexually abused when he was six years old. The assault and the resulting trauma tied the foundation of Mumfords' next solo album, Self-Titled, as well as its lead single, Cannibal. The song was given an iPhone-shot music video by Steven Spielberg.
That tune includes lyrics such as I can still taste you and I hate it / That wasnt a choice in the mind of a child and you knew it. Mumford ended up telling his own mother about his abusive behavior through the song Cannibal.
I'm learning to be more aware of this as we go and as I play it to peopleI was sexually molested as a child. Not by family and not in the church, which might be some people's assumption. But I hadn't told anyone before 30 years.
I was like, Yeah, what are you talking about? So once she experience the trauma of that moment for her, as a mother, hearing that and her wanting to protect and help and all of that stuff, it is objectively f*cking hilarious to tell your mom about your abuse in a f*cking song.
The second track on his solo album, Grace, was inspired by Mumford's conversation with his mother. According to the musician, the emotional aftermath from his abuse lasted years.
That thing that happened when I was six, that was the first of a bunch of unusual, unhealthy sexual experiences at an early age. For some reason, I couldnt understand why, although I had become a victim of sexual abuse. A string of crazy, dangerous sh*t when I was 12 years old, which prompted my brain to be careful how things unfolded later on in life in an unbalanced manner. So the last three years have just begun to look at that and correct some balance.