Desperate times call for desperate measures, and so it is that Jesse James played the “I was abused as a child” card during his Nightline interview last night — so that magically explains the cheating with the Nazi girlfriend bit. Next case!
“Bike builder, Monster Garage TV star, all that stuff is a huge smokescreen so that people won’t see that I’m a scared, abused kid, a seven-year-old,” James told the ABC show, helpfully explaining that this revelation came during his stint in rehab.
“After about two days I realized, ‘Wow, I’m kind of more messed up than most of the people here.’ It was like peeling an onion. Every day it was a new revelation about myself and the things I’ve been doing,” he said. “I cried more in rehab in the last 30 days than I have in my whole life. No BS. That’s the truth.”
The enlightenment came during James’ six-month sting in rehab, which he said forced him to face memories he’d suppressed for 30 years.
So, uh, how does that lead to cheating on America’s sweetheart? “The struggle within myself for the things that I did … to damage marriage and my life and everything else, it’s all me. I’m doing it because, you know, I’ve basically never felt good enough for anyone.”
“I grew up with a huge amount of shame and fear and abandonment on my shoulders from a very young age,” he added, “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’.”
But don’t get the idea that he’s a sex addict. “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,” James said. “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.”
Righto. Look, if the guy was abused as a child, it’s a horrible thing. But playing it like some “Get Out of Jail Free” card doesn’t quite add up either, does it? Video below: