*Vanessa Williams may seem perfect to many, but the former Miss America carried a personal secret that remained unknown until now.
During a recent episode of “Oprah’s Master Class,” Williams opened up about the time she was molested by a woman when she was 10-years-old. According to the entertainer, the incident took place during the summer before she stated the fifth grade when she joined her friend’s family on their trip to California.
“We ended up staying with a family friend of theirs. They had an older daughter,” Williams tells “Oprah’s Master Class.”
Although Williams admired the 18-year-old woman initially, things ultimately changed that would forever scar her for years.
“[She] was one of the cool girls. She made you want to feel like you were a grown-up,” Williams recalled while remember what happened when the woman came into the room she and her were sleeping.
“She told me to lie down on the floor. She took my bottoms off and she said, ‘Be quiet,'” the actress/singer revealed. “She went down on me.”
“I had no idea what it was, but I knew it felt good,” continued Williams, who admitted to not understanding what was happing or she should feel about it.. “I knew it felt good, but [was] also something that was not supposed to be happening.”
Harboring conflicted feelings, Williams wanted to talk to her parents about what happened when she returned home. However, the death of her father’s brother put a twist in her initial plans.
“I saw my dad’s face and his face was gray. And I just found out that his brother had died,” Williams said. “That was a family drama. I never really talked to my dad about it. I kind of suppressed it.”
The suppression and the effect the incident had on Williams caused her to discover her sexuality before she was able to handle it. As a result, she began acting differently than youth her age.
“It awakens your sexuality at an age where it shouldn’t be awakened,” she remembers. “Had that not happened in my life and had I had an opportunity to have a normal courtship with a boyfriend at 16 or whatever… there wouldn’t have been that shame that was always haunting me. It made me more sexually promiscuous and more sexually curious at a younger age than I should have been.”
“Oprah’s Master Class” airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on OWN. For Vanessa Williams’ interview on “Oprah’s Master Class,” check out the video below: