Selah Marley, one of the singer’s six children, has opened up online about the reality of her childhood; a reality she says is rooted in “trauma.”
In the lengthy video, she unpacks a story of belt beatings and observing her Mom (who was “so angry”) cry incessantly over her fractured relationship with her dad Rohan Marley.
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Speaking candidly, she began:
“Honestly guys, I’m just hurting. I can’t even front that I’m not. I’ve been hurting for so much of my life and so much of my life has been me avoiding how much I’m really hurting just from the circumstances.”
Recounting her childhood with the her superstar Mom, she added:
“She would spank us to no avail. She was just very angry. So, so, so, so, so angry. She was literally not easy to talk to and then half the time we didn’t live with her. I lived with my grandparents half the time… It’s crazy, I’m playing this trauma back in my head as I speak to you.” She would have one of the kids “go get the belt” and when they returned, she would hold their hands up so they were hanging “as she beat us. Literally, just like that.”
“And then the threats, the constant threats… That belt man. That’s that slave s**t. That was some slavery s**t. All Black parents were on that s**t.”
She concluded by saying that her Mom had changed and was an “amazing woman.”
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Still, the cracking of the family veneer naturally caught the attention of many.
Clapping back, Selah posted…