When Vanessa Williams’ book You Have No Idea is aptly titled.
The candid memoir, penned with her mother and available in stores now, reveals shocking secrets about the Desperate Housewives star’s earlier years.
Probably the darkest one is that she was molested by an 18-year-old girl when she was just 10 years old, while they were on a family trip with friends.
“It was definitely a choice, because it didn’t need to be [in the book],” Williams recalls. “It happened one night where she told me, ‘come over here.'”
“I didn’t know that it was wrong, but I knew it wasn’t right because I wasn’t supposed to tell anybody.” Years later, her mother was stunned to find out.
“[I] had no idea that, that had happened,” Helen Williams said. “But in retrospect, it put into place some of her reactions during her pre-teen years.”
Another surprising admission? Vanessa Williams, now a mother of four, said she first got pregnant in high school, but she decided to have an abortion.
This was another secret she kept from her mother.
“Being pregnant is the most frightening thing that happens in your life,” said the former Miss America of her decision to end the pregnancy. “I knew in high school that’s something that I was not prepared to do, or fight, or struggle with.”