Missy Elliott has opened up about her troubled past of poverty, childhood sexual abuse, witnessing extreme domestic violence between her parents and her ongoing battle with Graves’ disease.In VH1’s latest ‘Behind the Music’ documentary which debuted yesterday June 29, the highly accomplished and celebrated female rapper, who celebrates her 40th birthday tomorrow July 1, reveals she grew up in dismal state of poverty in Portsmouth, Va. “I remember having mice in the house and my father taking some newspaper and beating me because mice was running on me while I was asleep,” she revealed.Missy’s mom Patricia Elliott adds, “We didn’t have running water … We were going in a pot that sat by her bed, because we didn’t have a bathroom.”Missy also shared the shocking story of sexual abuse at the hands of her 16-year-old cousin when she was only 8. She recalls, “Each day he wanted me to come to the house after school. It became sexual, which, for me at eight years old, I had no clue what that was, but I knew something was wrong.””Being molested … it don’t disappear. You remember it as if it was yesterday,” Missy adds. The rapper explains the abuse took place over the course of a year, but that she never told anyone at the time.
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