Jewel is opening up about the serious sexual harassment she’s faced pretty much all her life.
The musician remembers that the lewd comments and sexual advances began from a really young age. We’re talking before she was even ten years old!
She remembers some of the disgusting things she’s been told, saying:
“I’ve had men hitting on me, sadly, since I was really young. At 8, I had men putting dimes in my hands saying, ‘Call me. It’d be so great to f*ck when you’re older.’ And just horrible stuff.”
What?? That’s so awful. We can’t even imagine what it would be like to be eight years old and hear an adult say something so horrendous.
She also says that when she was young and performing in coffee shops, she was fired for refusing to sleep with her boss at the time. She explains what it was like to go through something so horrible on a regular basis:
“I’ve never been more propositioned by businessmen in my life. It was almost like they were sharks that could smell blood, like of vulnerability.”
During the times where she was forced to live out of her car, she remembers men would offer up rent money, adding:
“It was pretty wild. I never took anybody up on it, but it was interesting to see this side of men that basically would prey on somebody vulnerable.”
Ugh. So terrible.
However, she does say all the harassment she faced as a young girl helped her adapt to the men in the music industry:
“As men did approach me, I got very good at handling men in a way that sort of didn’t anger them. And at the same time using wit and usually humor to defuse the situation and to inform them, ‘P.S. Not available in that way.'”
She is also adamant that she never used sex to advance her career, saying:
“I never slept my way to the top. There was never one time I’ve ever compromised anything. I was always willing to walk away. ├óΓé¼┬ª And I think that type of spirit that you bring just informs everybody that’s around you.”
We’re heartbroken that Jewel’s had to endure this struggle from such a young age. But, we’re glad she was able to handle herself and not compromise her comfort.
[Image via Jewel/Instagram.]