Bizarre. Unsettling. Frightening. Traumatic. There are so many words that come to mind when hearing this story. We can't imagine what she's feeling having lived it.
Tilda Swinton is best known as an acclaimed and award-winning actress, but there are those who knew her before the fame and before the awards. Tilda was the only girl born into her family, with three brothers flanking her on either side. In a new interview, she reveals that well into her adult life, she recalled a terrible secret she had repressed from childhood about the night she had resigned to kill her younger brother. She explains:
"Years ago, when James Bulger was murdered, every newspaper front page was talking about evil. At that point, having suppressed it for years, I remembered when I was four or five, I tried to kill my own brother. He was newly born and I was disappointed, because he was the third boy. That was enough as far as I was concerned. I went into his room to kill him, saw some ribbons from a bonnet going into his mouth, and began to pull them out. And I was discovered saving his life. So I had this strange reputation - my brother's savior - and no one knew I wanted to kill him. It took the Bulger case for me to remember that I'd seriously wanted to."
Wow. We barely know what to say. We suppose that being so young, Tilda didn't have a firm grasp on what it really meant to kill another person. And obviously, the angry feelings she had for him she grew out, considering that she hasn't tried to murder him since!
But still, this is very, very creepy? Just like, too unnerving for words. We wonder what her brother thinks of all this. We can't even imagine!
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