Marcus Mumford reveals that he hired a trouma specialist to check out his new music

Marcus Mumford revealed that he hired a trauma specialist to look into his new music, fearing it might provoke listeners with the raw lyrics.

Mumford & Sons Frontman, 35, has previously said he was sexually abused – opening up to the painful ordeal through his debut solo album, Self-Titled.

Opening up about the process of writing such an honest album, the musician also recalled “breaking down in tears” while recording the song Cannibal – detailing the sexual assault he endured through a line of cruel songs.

‘I didn’t want to tease anyone’: Marcus Mumford, 35, revealed he hired a troupe in Troma to check out his new music… which details his sexually abused experience at the age of six.

During a recent conversation with WatchmanMarcus spoke candidly about the album making process and his reasons behind it.

The singer admitted that he was wary of presenting Cannibal’s lyrics the right way to listeners, sharing that a trauma specialist checked them out before they were released.

‘I didn’t just want to hang the hurtful things outside and energize or motivate people,’ explains Marcus, acknowledging that he also ‘broke down from tears’ while recording the song.

The cannibal depicts her childhood trauma to the singer through anger and emotion — including lines like “You Animal.”

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Take care: “I didn’t just want to hang the painful stuff in there and energize or motivate people,” explains Marcus—admitting that he also “broke down in tears” while recording the song

Despite the very personal lyrics, Marcus explained that it “felt like a natural and useful part of my job” to release it to the world.

The singer previously shared that talking about the abuse helped alleviate years of shame, echoing this as he continues: “I was less overwhelmed with shame. Taking these intimate details, these special moments and spreading them as widely as possible – it’s a very difficult thing to do.

“But there is magic in that, I think, because you provide the opportunity for people to connect through it,” he said.

Marcus’ distraught mother, Eleanor, learned of the abuse only 30 years later upon listening to the lyrics to his new album.

Talking to GQ Magazine Last month about the assault, he recalled how he played a cannibal for his mother, who returns to him two days later asking why the song is.

The song: Marcus reveals his distraught mother Eleanor only found out when she heard the lyrics to his solo track 30 years later (pictured with parents Eleanor and John)

The song: Marcus reveals his distraught mother Eleanor only found out when she heard the lyrics to his solo track 30 years later (pictured with parents Eleanor and John)

The Couple: Marcus is married to actress Carey Mulligan and the couple share two children (pictured in May)

The Couple: Marcus is married to actress Carey Mulligan and the couple share two children (pictured in May)

Eleanor was shocked when he revealed that he had been abused, with Marcus reflecting on the trauma his mother had taken to learn about the abuse via the song’s “funny and funny” medium.

By first opening up to the abuse, he continued: “Like a lot of people—and I’m learning more and more about this as I go and play with people—I was sexually abused as a child.

“Not in the family and not in the church, which may be an assumption for some people. But I haven’t told anyone about it for 30 years.

Acclaimed: Marcus, who has played in the folk rock band since 2007 alongside Ben Lovett and Ted Doan, confirmed that the band would continue as a trio after banjo player Winston Marshall (end left) pulled out of the group in June 2021.

Acclaimed: Marcus, who has played in the folk rock band since 2007 alongside Ben Lovett and Ted Doan, confirmed that the band would continue as a trio after banjo player Winston Marshall (end left) pulled out of the group in June 2021.

Devastating: Marcus said the abuse was not by the family and not in the church, which may be an assumption for some people.  But I haven't told anyone about it for 30 years (pictured performing in 2018)

Devastating: Marcus said the abuse was not by the family and not in the church, which may be an assumption for some people. But I haven’t told anyone about it for 30 years (pictured performing in 2018)

Marcus’ parents, John and Eleanor, were international leaders of the new charismatic evangelical Christian denomination, the Vineyard Churches.

“And for some reason, and I really can’t understand why, I didn’t become a perpetrator of sexual assault – even though I did my fair share of bad behavior,” he added.

Marcus, who shares two children with wife Carey Mulligan, detailed how he was at ‘rock bottom’ after completing a tour on Mumford & Sons’ Delta 2018 album, with loved ones realizing he wasn’t behaving properly and urging him to seek help.

Despite the release of his solo album, Marcus is still part of Mumford & Sons – and he hopes the band will reunite next year.

Marcus Mumford – Cannibal Words

I can still taste you and I hate it

That wasn’t an option in a kid’s mind and you know it

I took my first slice and ate it raw

Tear it off with your teeth and lips like cannibals

animal

I can still taste you and it’s killing me

There is still a sick part of it that interests me

That my body is constantly cheating on me

There is such a force out there, it might destroy me

But this compels me

Of course I deny it

I can not believe that

refusal or denigration

‘Cause I know I can’t talk to her

But when I started talking, it became the hardest thing to say out loud

The words got stuck in my throat

Oh man, I choked

And that’s what it feels like when you’re free

Although it follows the retreat

staring at me in the dark

Until then deny it

I can not believe that

refusal or denigration

But I know I have to talk to her

If I could forgive you now

Free you from all the blame I know how

If I could forgive you now

As if saying the words would help me figure out how

To start over

Help me figure out how to get started

Help me figure out how

To start over

Help me figure out how

To start over

start again