Terry Crews Posts Facebook Videos Detailing Porn Addiction

By McCarton Ackerman 02/25/16

This isn't the first time Crews has spoken out about his pornography addiction.

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Actor and former NFL star Terry Crews shocked fans by opening up about his addiction to pornography in a trio of “Dirty Little Secret” videos he posted to his Facebook page.

The Brooklyn Nine-Nine star posted his first Dirty Little Secret video on February 11 and the final one on February 23. He admitted in the first video that his obsession with porn began at age 12, and continued until he finally got help for it seven years ago after his wife, Rebecca King, threatened to leave him. Crews acknowledged in the third video that he “felt like my wife owed me sex,” which sparked her initial decision to leave the relationship.

“It really messed up my life in a lot of ways. My wife was literally like, ‘I don’t know you anymore. I’m out of here,’” he said. “And that changed me. I had to change because I realized this thing is a major, major problem. I literally had to go to rehab for it. The thing that I found, by not telling people, it becomes more powerful. But when you tell, and when you put it out there in the open…it loses its power.”

This isn't the first time Crews has opened up about his addiction to pornography. He wrote about it in his 2014 memoir, Manhood. He also discussed it as a guest on the Wendy Williams Show, where he also talked about his strict, abusive, alcoholic upbringing. He told Williams, "I was addicted to pornography since I was 12 years old...My father was addicted to alcohol, and my mother was addicted to religion."

Crews also spoke about porn addiction in broader terms in his videos, declaring it “a worldwide problem” that “kills all intimacy.” He also stated that porn addiction is often a cover-up for masking other issues in a person’s life.

“There’s a lot of men out there blaming their wives for this,” said Crews. “It’s in the land of victimhood. You find ways to self-medicate, to act out with pornography when you feel like your needs are not being met.”

"Self pity feels good. It feels good...But you know what? The thing is, it's always, always been your job to take care of yourself for your significant other," he said. 

Crews also admitted that King attended therapy “to deal with a lot of the psychological problems” that came from his porn addiction. However, the couple managed to repair their relationship and are now happily married with their four children. He even revealed last October to HuffPost Live that they successfully completed a 90-day sex fast in order to boost intimacy in their love life.

“I found that at the end of 90 days, I was much more in love, much more turned on. I knew who she was,” said Crews. “It wasn’t like, ‘Let’s go out because I know I’m going to get some sex later.’ It was more, ‘Let’s go out because I want to talk to you. I want to know you.'”

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