Singer Mary Lambert reveals she was molested by her father as a child

The singer and songwriter revealed details of her traumatic youth in an interview published Monday by Cosmopolitan.
By Adam Widmer | May 19, 2017
Mary Lambert revealed that she was molested by her father at a young age.

The singer and songwriter revealed details of her traumatic youth in an interview published Monday by Cosmopolitan.

Lambert said that she was gang-raped at 16 by members of the military before coming out as gay to her church one year later.

Her rocky formative years also included a suicide attempt, before she came across spoken word poetry YouTube videos at the age of 19.

She later went on to be featured on Macklemore's Same Love.

"I found the poetry community in Seattle, and learned how to channel trauma very directly into art," Lambert said.

Lambert found music was a way for her to heal, her version of self-therapy.

Speaking about suffering the sexual assault from her father, the musician said: "You don't know what's happening, especially when you're raised in that environment and your brain is forming. There's a sense of what normal is."

She also revealed that she suffered from untreated bipolar disorder, where she was living in extremes where she would have "the best day ever" and then would return home and "I would want to die."

Lambert said even while she was experiencing suicidal thoughts; she felt she had a purpose she needed to fulfill.

The hitmaker is glad that she didn't die: "I'm so glad that I'm alive, that I didn't give in. But it wasn't easy"

Borrowing from a famous quote to give advice to those who may be going through their traumas, Lambert said, "It all works out in the end, and if it hasn't worked out, it's not the end."

Her latest album, Bold, was released on May 5.

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