In a taped chat with Winfrey, which will air on her show in America on Wednesday (20Oct10), the actor/director choked back tears and struggled to compose himself as he talked about his violent upbringing publicly for the first time.
Perry first revealed all about his troubled youth in a post on his website last year (09) and he told Winfrey it was Mo’Nique’s Oscar-winning portrayal of a violent mum in Precious that brought all the bad memories flooding back.
He said, “Mo’Nique’s character is my father… Every word (he said to me) was, ‘You stupid motherf**ker…’ He hated me so much and I couldn’t understand why.”
As well as regular beatings from his father, Perry has revealed he was sexually assaulted by male and female family friends – and he opened up about a suicide attempt, telling Winfrey he slit his wrists: “I was suicidal because I thought, ‘What is the point of living?'”
Regular trips to church with his desperate mother eventually gave him the faith he needed to survive.
Speaking after his chat with Oprah, the Why Did I Get Married? director told reporters he’s glad he opened up: “That was the only person that I felt comfortable enough to talk (to) about so much sensitive stuff… I really had a cathartic cleanse. It was good for me.”