Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Opens Up About Personal Mental Health Struggles & Childhood Abuse
Notable Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor recently recalled some of his troubling past in a brand new episode of Viceland’s The Therapist. Taylor spoke in detail about his suicide attempt and his childhood sexual abuse.
Taylor began by telling host, Dr. Siri Sat Sam Singh, that he was sexually assaulted at the age of 10. Taylor then says the incident occurred after his regular family relocations that eventually resulted in a difficulty with finding childhood friends.
“I was raped by someone in the neighborhood,” He says. “There was really only one person to kind of hang out with … he was this 16 year old kid. And he would invite me over to his house to play music, and one day it became something else. I didn’t tell anybody for a long time.”
He then opened up to Dr. Siri Sat Sam Singh about his mental health struggles which lead him to attempt to take his own life.
“I took a bunch of pills at my grandmother’s house and just basically laid on the floor. My ex-girlfriend’s mom stopped and my grandmother’s house outta nowhere to check on me, to see how I was — found me. An hour later I was drinking ipecac and throwing up into a bucket.”
“The girlfriend whose mother found me had just broken up with me. There was just something about her that I really connected with but when that went away, a lot of me went with it. I felt so empty that I had a hard time feeling anything other than grave depression. It was the one time I really was just like I can’t handle this.”
“So my grandmother came and picked me up. My grandmother, who has been the one person in my life. She came and picked me up and she was so disappointed.” Taylor said, fighting back tears.
“I could see it on her. You know, it was almost like a race of emotion. Just disappointed, she was glad I was okay, but she was so mad. That killed me and it hurt so much that I didn’t — like it almost put me over again that I immediately just said ok, it’s not somethin’ you come back from.”
Taylor now credits his overall happiness to fatherhood, which Taylor explain helped him recover from his past trauma.
“You know, the only thing I ever wanted was to be a dad. … I have three amazing kids. I never want my kids to go through what I went through.” Taylor expresses.
“The darkness is some place I visit,” he says. “I don’t live there.” he emphasized.
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