We all know and love Amy Schumer for her hilarious comedy and witty attitude. As an actress, she always makes her work relatable, from her TV show Inside Amy Schumer to the recent film Trainwreck. But her latest work, which was released today, dissolves all of the boundaries the star has with her fans. Schumer’s book, The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo, reveals in a series of essays that her past is filled with painful memories and experiences. Here are a few bombshells Schumer drops about her life:
She was sexually assaulted when she lost her virginity
Schumer describes losing her virginity when she was 17 years old to a boyfriend, who took advantage of her as she slept. This happened “without asking first, without kissing me, without so much as looking me in the eyes – or even confirming if I was awake,” she writes.
The next day, her upset boyfriend apologized. Schumer says she comforted him, assuring him that everything would be OK. “I was seventeen years old and wanted my boyfriend to like me.” Although she calls it “nonconsensual sex,” we know that there’s no such thing.
She was also in an abusive relationship in her early 20s
The star goes into detail about the physically and emotionally abusive relationship she endured when she was younger. Schumer describes herself as “strong, assertive, and independent” and any of her fans would agree with this. So it’s hard to read that this terrible person Schumer dated began shoving her during fights until she fell, and constantly criticized her looks.
She writes that the relationship was already spiraling downwards when her ex pushed her into the hood of a car, where she banged her head and elbow. The relationship completely exploded that night as tempers continued to rise. Schumer fled from him twice that night when things took a turn for the truly dangerous.
She writes that “he grabbed a huge butcher knife from a drawer. And that’s when I was sure he was going to kill me.” Schumer was able to escape from him (for good, it seems), but those memories are still painful. The writer warns, “It can happen to anyone. You’re not alone if it’s happening to you, and you’re not exempt if it hasn’t happened to you yet.”
Her mom cheated on her dad with Schumer’s best friend’s dad
Family is another important topic in The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo. One of the experiences Schumer discusses is her tense relationship with her mother, Sandra. Although she idolized her mom while she was growing up, life changed at age 13 when her mom admitted to having an affair with a married family friend named Lou. Lou was also the father of Schumer’s childhood best friend, making the betrayal sting even more.
Schumer came home from school one day to find “my mother slumped on the couch. She’d clearly been crying hard.” Sandra was a teacher for the deaf and signed to her daughter what she couldn’t bear to say out loud: “I am leaving your father. Lou and I have fallen in love with each other.” At the time, Schumer chose to comfort her mom, despite her entire life falling apart. This is something she looks back at with horror, since “I was a child, new to my teens, and she was treating me like a seasoned psychiatrist.”
She goes into detail about her father’s disease
As revealed on Trainwreck, Schumer’s father Gordon was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when Schumer was 10 years old. She describes that in his prime, her dad “was always in shape – tanned and well-dressed.” In her book, she recalls two incidents where the MS caused bowel incontinence. Both times, Schumer pledged not to tell her mother what happened. She writes that “the saddest revelation I’ve had in my life is that my parents are people. Sad, human people.”
She met her current boyfriend on a dating app
It’s not all gloom and doom with Schumer though. The comedy actress also writes about good experiences, like how she found her current beau, Ben Hanisch.
Schumer was hanging out with Trainwreck co-star Vanessa Bayer, when “Vanessa said she’d heard of a dating app for your phone specifically aimed at creative people.” Naturally, the actress gave it a go. She ended up matching with Hanisch after “liking” a few men. The star found him intriguing, as he wasn’t an actor or photographer, like most of the men on the app, and he lived in Chicago rather than N.Y.C. or L.A.
After chatting for a few weeks, the two decided to meet in person for the first time. Schumer describes having oily hair due to an acupuncture appointment and was wearing jeans when she walked out in the rain and saw him there. Hanisch, for his part, had no umbrella but held a soaking paper bag with a bottle of wine. And it was perfect. “We smiled at each other and in that moment, everything felt right.” And every reader’s heart melts a little.
You can purchase The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo today on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. She writes about her crazy childhood antics, family life, love life and her rise to comedy stardom. Even though we’ve revealed a few spoilers, there are sure to be several more surprises in a book written by Amy Schumer.