Country Singer Lindsay Ell Reveals She Was Assaulted At 13 And 21 – Lindsay Ell, 31, reveals she was sexually assaulted as a young teen, in an emotional new ballad titled “make you” (off her upcoming album heart theory).
Country Singer Lindsay Ell Reveals She Was Assaulted At 13 And 21:
The beloved country singer Lindsay Ell, 31, is opening up about a part of her life she’s long kept hidden, in her new ballad titled “make you,” which was co-written with country singer-songwriter Brandy Clark.
Lindsay sings on the track, “It’s gonna make you hate yourself / When you didn’t hate yourself at all / It’s gonna make you build a fortress / Where you never had a wall.”
Lindsay Ell says PEOPLE, “I was raped when I was 13, and it happened again when I was 21.”
Lindsay explains, “Part of me talking about it now is liberating the little 13-year-old Lindsay and the 21-year-old Lindsay, Pain is something we can let control us if we don’t deal with it, but the minute you put a voice to your story the shame has no power.”
So when a man in her church whom her family knew groomed her and eventually raped her, says “I don’t lovE you” singer.
“I felt like I had really messed up, that everybody was going to judge me and that the rest of my life was ruined,” says Lindsay Ell.
Lindsay Ell Reveals She Was Groomed And Raped, As A Young Teen:
Lindsay Ell was able to confide in her parents, when she was 20 years old.
“They had no idea it happened, and they were absolutely horrified,” Lindsay Ell says. “I’m so grateful towards both of them because they helped me not go into any unhealthy mechanisms to cope.”
With the support of her parents, Lindsay Ell sought therapy for the first time. But shortly after, she was raped again. Ell describes the situation was “different” and “a lot more violent.”
“I still carry shame and guilt, but I’m taking the hand of my 13-year-old self and my 21-year-old self and fighting every day together,” the country singer says.
Lindsay Ell, 31, is launching the Make You Movement under the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to support at-risk youth, domestic abuse and sexual assault survivors, and the Make You Movement’s first partner, RAINN will be receiving proceeds from Lindsay Ell’s “make you.”
“I hear you and I see you. You’re not broken,” says Lindsay Ell, who is encouraging other little girls and boys who have been hurt to embrace themselves — and their future. “And you are worthy of incredible things.”