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Jesse James: Childhood Abuse Made Me Cheat

Jesse James: Childhood Abuse Made Me Cheat

Jesse James is claiming that his childhood abuse led him to cheat on his ex-wife Sandra Bullock with numerous women.

“I grew up with a huge amount of shame and fear and abandonment on my shoulders from a very young age and I think, you know, the way my mind rationalized [cheating], ‘Well, you know, I might as well do whatever I can to like run her off cause she is going to find out what I am anyway and leave me anyway,’” the 41-year-old James told Nightline.

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Jesse also claims his father was physically and emotionally abusive. “He beat my ass pretty good a bunch of times…I just remember, like, clinched teeth, strained-neck look on his face,” Jesse shared. “My whole childhood, I never had a chance to be a kid. …I was always scared.”

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Adds Jesse, “I don’t think I have a sex addiction where I’m running around trying to have sex with everyone and I can’t stop. I think I do things to sabotage my life, including having extramarital affairs, texting, overworking myself, injuring myself, doing stunts and stupid things. I think I do a lot of things in my life that I shouldn’t be doing that aren’t conducive to being a perfect husband, you know, and the affairs are just one of them.”

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36 Responses to “Jesse James: Childhood Abuse Made Me Cheat”

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  1. 1
    MAC Says:

    Seriously SHUT THE FCK UP!

  2. 2
    I n F a m o u s l y C o o l Says:

    …ahahahahahaa.. i love hearing him speak. he’s like a little soft spoken tard. ahahahahaaa.. it’s like a comedian pretending to be special-ed.

  3. 3
    Iffy Miffy Says:

    This is what we call trying to save your own a$$.
    It’s not that all these things aren’t horrible if they happened, I am sorry for the guy but this is not an excuse.
    It is not an excuse because you are an adult and there are, unfortunately, many many people who have experienced some sort of abuse in their childhood yet they have either sought help or somehow learned to live with the consequences. This does not excuse you!
    The only reason he’s talking about it is to try and get some sympathy – you’re a grown man you jerk – you feked up – accept it and accept the consequences! Then people may actually think a bit better of you!

  4. 4
    GPS Says:

    Jesse James, stop embarrassing yourself any further, you f***ing loser!

  5. 5
    Nora Says:

    theres NO excuse for cheating on america’s -oh sorry- the world’s sweetheart .. I F*ckin hate him ..

  6. 6
    K Says:

    I HATE IT,when people pull out the Victim Card, when they screw up. What a LOSER

  7. 7
    Mandy Says:

    Child abuse is a serious thing, It’s not a game.
    It’s a shame that a person uses these kind of serious issues to cover mistakes.
    Very bad ***thumbs down***

  8. 8
    N. Says:

    Wow, now he throws out excuses. Very disappointing. Just own up to what you did, dude. I’m glad Sandy’s moved on. Whether the abuse happened or not, I don’t see there being any good excuse for what he did. Yuck.

  9. 9
    annab Says:

    Just because something terrible happens to someone in their past, does not mean they can do terrible things to people later. He should accept the fact that it’s his problem and not blame anyone else.

  10. 10
    troi Says:

    Well I didn’t get the feeling he was blaming anyone but himself.

    I’ve worked with victims of abuse and many of them do try and sabotage their successes (jobs, marriage, whatever) because deep down they don’t or can’t believe they deserve to be happy and successful. This can run from affairs to break up a marriage or doing stupid things at work to get fired, demoted or whatever. If a person hasn’t dealt with the abuse then all of the “they are an adult and can make decisions” or “grow up” statements don’t help. Unless you have been there, you can’t possibly understand the deep rooted feelings of unworthiness, pain and suffering.

    Not saying what he did was right, but it is between him and Sandra as to how they go forward whether all of us agree or disagree with their relationship.

  11. 11
    ka-blamo Says:

    This guy makes his own a–hole cringe at the things he says.

  12. 12
    Channy Says:

    Why oh why wont he shut u and move on like Sandy?

  13. 13
    Courtni Says:

    Troi u said what I was gonna say

  14. 14
    Dasiy Says:

    Oh Boo Hoo! F*** You!

  15. 15
    Nora Says:

    One can only put so many blames on their parents, siblings, neighbors, or even addiction. He obviously didn’t learn the tools to take accountability or own up to his bad behavior.

    It’s time to man-up, straighten up, and wake up.

    Stop the blame…

  16. 16
    what? Says:

    …seriously ?

    hey man, gimme a break

  17. 17
    troi Says:

    You are right, he didn’t learn the tools to take accountability etc., but he appears to be trying to honestly learn them now. Unlike Tiger Woods who probably will remain a serial cheater like many other Hollywood and sports stars.
    Again, I’m not saying that he was right in his actions, but maybe it took something like this for him to say “hey, I need to turn my life around in order to be a better person.”

  18. 18
    L.D. Says:

    Agreed #17. One can only hope.

  19. 19
    fardous Says:

    really ? ssorry im not take from u shuold get over it

    sandra dont deserv that from u

  20. 20
    jaye Says:

    Jesse is doing what Jesse does best, acting; he’s a showman. Maybe he should have a career in Hollywood. The man is pathetic. If he wasn’t found out, he’d still be cheating. Nothing and no one is responsible for what he did but himself. Period.
    He’s not someone who just cheated on Bullock, the man hasn’t had a relationship where he didn’t cheap, the only difference is no one else cared enough to be hurt. He’s not going to turn his life around because he LIKED his life as it was; He was a b*adass, the man, THE Jesse James. People knew him coast to coast. Then he married Bullock and had to ‘work’ at being married to her. Never again was he talked about in print or otherwise without it being said that he was married to Sandra Bullock. I bet that really ate at his craw. THE MAN was now the ‘accessory’ husband. His claim to fame was being married to her.
    Now he can just do his pity me tour and then go back to his legion of hoochie mamas who have NO redeeming qualities. No one made him live the life that he did, he did it because he wanted it. He liked living on the edge, he liked his bad boy reputation because other people thought he was cool. . As for being a perfect husband there is no such thing as a perfect husband or wife. Just being a decent human being would help though.

  21. 21
    Morgan Says:

    Two words for you Jesse…..Enough already!!

  22. 22
    jennifer Says:

    Jessie was an alcoholic and he already had years of therapy for Alcoholism –So I don’t buy it that he is just now realizing his child abuse issues! Come on –he has dealt with that –this is an excuse for those that do not know he already had therapy on child abuse.
    He committed adultery and should be stoned –as he is being –at least metaphorically !

  23. 23
    ck_always Says:

    He’s still a bad*ss, keep on truckin’ Jesse.

  24. 24
    POOCHIE Says:

    He got the boot! Now he is abused and DUMPED!
    Just because he got hurt does not mean that he has to inflict his pain on others. It’s not making it right.
    He lost a beautiful talented sweet woman for a tattoo covered pierced nobody that he will never see again just to get his stupid rocks off.

  25. 25
    me Says:

    i’m sure she saw and loved the good in him – i hope he can overcome the effects of the trauma he suffered now that he is facing it.
    why are these comments so hostile and unforgiving?

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