Devastating: Marcus Mumford has revealed he was sexually abused as a child - with his distraught mother only finding out when she heard the lyrics to his solo track 30 years later (pictured 2018)

Marcus Mumford reveals he was sexually abused aged 6

Marcus Mumford has revealed he was sexually abused as a child – with his distraught mother only finding out when she heard the lyrics to his solo track 30 years later.

The Mumford & Sons frontman, 35, said he spent his life in ‘layers of shame’  following the abuse aged six, which was the ‘first of a string of really unusual, unhealthy sexual experiences at a really early age.’

Speaking to GQ Magazine, he said: ‘Like lots of people – and I’m learning more and more about this as we go and as I play it to people – I was sexually abused as a child.

Devastating: Marcus Mumford has revealed he was sexually abused as a child – with his distraught mother only finding out when she heard the lyrics to his solo track 30 years later (pictured 2018)

‘Not by family and not in the church, which might be some people’s assumption. But I hadn’t told anyone about it for 30 years.

Marcus’ parents John and Eleanor were international leaders of neocharismatic evangelical Christian denomination, the Vineyard Churches. 

He added: ‘And for some reason, and I can’t really understand why, I didn’t become a perpetrator of sexual abuse – although I’ve done my fair share of c**tish behaviour.’

Marcus, who shares two children with wife Carey Mulligan, detailed how he was at ‘rock bottom’ after finishing touring  Mumford & Sons’ 2018 album Delta, with his loved ones recognising he was not acting right and urging him to seek help.

Torment: The Mumford & Sons frontman, 35, said he spent his life in 'layers of shame' following the abuse aged six, which was the 'first of a string of really unusual, unhealthy sexual experiences at a really early age' (pictured performing in 2019)

Torment: The Mumford & Sons frontman, 35, said he spent his life in ‘layers of shame’ following the abuse aged six, which was the ‘first of a string of really unusual, unhealthy sexual experiences at a really early age’ (pictured performing in 2019)

Song: Marcus' mother Eleanor (pictured) was left shocked when he played his solo single for her and revealed he had been abused

Song: Marcus’ mother Eleanor (pictured) was left shocked when he played his solo single for her and revealed he had been abused

He recounted his childhood abuse with a specialist trauma therapist, with the recollection causing him to vomit, before he channelled the memory into his first solo single, Cannibal.  

The lyrics include: ‘I can still taste you and I hate it / That wasn’t a choice in the mind of a child and you knew it.’

He recalled how he played Cannibal for his mother, who came back to him two days later asking what the song was about.

Eleanor was shocked when he revealed he had been abused, with Marcus reflecting on the trauma his mother must have experienced learning about the abuse via the ‘f***ing hilarious’ medium of song. 

In the wake of the interview, Marcus was praised for his courage in revealing his sexual abuse.

An NSPCC spokesman said: “Speaking out about child sexual abuse is a truly brave thing to do and Marcus Mumford has shown a great deal of courage in sharing his experiences publically.

“By doing this, he highlights an important message that it is never to late to speak out about abuse regardless of how long ago it took place.

“Moving forward, we hope that he receives the support he needs and that others who have had similar experiences will feel less alone and empowered to speak out and seek help and support.”  

Marcus, who has played in the folk rock band since 2007 alongside Ben Lovett, and Ted Dwane, confirmed the band will continue on as a trio after banjoist Winston Marshall quit the group in June 2021.

The singer said he had begged Winston not to quit, adding that ‘I think you can disagree and work together’ – to no avail.

Couple: Marcus is married to actress Carey Mulligan and the pair share two children (pictured in May)

Couple: Marcus is married to actress Carey Mulligan and the pair share two children (pictured in May)

 The band’s last album – Delta – was released in 2018 and reached number two in the UK album charts and topped the US Billboard 200. They released single, Blind Leading The Blind in 2019.

Winston quit the group after he was pilloried by a ‘viral mob’ for the ‘sin’ of praising a right wing reporter on social media.  

Mumford & Sons shot to fame in 2009 with the release of debut album, Sigh No More, which  peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart and the Billboard 200.

Subsequent albums Babel and Wilder Mind both debuted at number one in the UK and US, with Babel becoming the fastest-selling rock album of the decade.

Sigh No More won the band the Brit Award for Best British Album in 2011 and scored six Grammy nominations.  

The band were rocked last June with the departure of Marshall. 

In a 1,263-word essay on Medium, Marshall described how his ‘innocuous’ endorsement of Andy Ngo’s book on far-Left extremist group Antifa triggered ‘tens of thousands of angry retweets and comments’.

He said he ‘failed to foresee’ his praise of Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan To Destroy Democracy ‘could be interpreted as approval of the equally abhorrent Far-Right’ and feared it would bring his bandmates ‘more trouble’.  

Marshall, who was born and raised in Wandsworth, south London, wrote he could have stayed with the group and ‘continued to self-censor’, but believed it would ‘erode my sense of integrity’.

The folk rock musician was attacked on social media earlier after calling Mr Ngo’s book ‘important’ and describing the US journalist – who has been attacked while covering street clashes – a ‘brave man’.

Acclaimed: Marcus, who has played in the folk rock band since 2007 alongside Ben Lovett, and Ted Dwane, confirmed the band will continue on as a trio after banjoist Winston Marshall (end left) quit the group in June 2021

Acclaimed: Marcus, who has played in the folk rock band since 2007 alongside Ben Lovett, and Ted Dwane, confirmed the band will continue on as a trio after banjoist Winston Marshall (end left) quit the group in June 2021

Following allegations he was ‘endorsing Fascism’ – claims he branded ‘ludicrous’ – band members Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett and Ted Dwane, and their management, reportedly asked him to leave the group.

Despite this, the group posted a message in support of him on Twitter today, saying: ‘We wish you all the best for the future, Win, and we love you man. M, B & T.’

In March the banjoist and guitarist said he was stepping back from the group, leading one critic of cancel culture to write: ‘Never appease the hate mob, you should have stood by your words’.

For confidential support call the Samaritans in the UK on 116 123, visit a local Samaritans branch or click here for details.

For confidential support for adults who suffered any type of abuse in childhood call NAPAC on 0808 801 0331, free from landlines and mobiles, or click here for details 

Mumford and Sons banjo player Winston Marshall has quit the folk rock band he co-founded after he was pilloried in public by a 'viral mob' for the 'sin' of praising a conservative journalist on Twitter

Goodbye: The band were rocked last June with the departure of Marshall (pictured 2019) 

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