‘You cannot accept any pornography in your man’s life’:
Terry Crews reveals his fight with porn addiction
Sadaf Ahsan | February 24, 2016
In a series of video confessions that could one day become educational tools, former NFL player and Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Terry Crews has taken it upon himself to reveal his “dirty little secret” — a porn addiction.
Crews actually first revealed his addiction two years ago in his memoir, titled Manhood. And in an interview with Wendy Williams to promote the book, he admitted, “I was addicted to pornography since I was 12 years old. My father was addicted to alcohol and my mother was addicted to religion. So what happens is you had an addictive household.” He then claimed that it was his addiction that led him to eventually cheat on his wife.
My wife was literally like, ‘I don’t know you any more. I’m outta here’“It messed up my life in a lot of ways,” he said of pornography, which he labeled “a worldwide problem.” “My wife was literally like, ‘I don’t know you any more. I’m outta here.’”
After entering rehab six years ago, Crews changed his ways and now firmly believes porn “changes the way you think about people. People become objects. People become body parts. People become things to be used rather than people to be loved.”
In a follow-up video after fans congratulated him on fighting his addiction and asked how he did it, Crews offered his thoughts on overcoming shame and added, to all the women out there, “You need to confront your man about this problem. You cannot accept any pornography in your man’s life. And I’m calling on men to be more accountable.” He went on to comment on his “sense of entitlement” and how, at the time, he felt his wife “owed” him sex.
You need to confront your man about this problem. You cannot accept any pornography in your man’s lifeBut as admirable and insightful as Crews’ thoughts are, it’s worth noting that the actor also meant to share his personal experiences as a “servant to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” while touching on masculine pride and porn being “an intimacy killer.”
Despite his reveal being layered with his own moral views, Crews is helping to put the message out there that addiction doesn’t have to be such a secret in your fight to conquer it.