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Minka Kelly: Here are 5 scandalous revelations the actress made in her new memoir ‘Tell Me Everything’


American actress Minka Kelly revealed some serious revelations in her recently released memoir Tell Me Everything. The Friday Night Lights star’s first memoir was released on May 2, 2023, and it gave scandalous details about her life and career in it.

Kelly said she had wanted to tell her story since she was in high school hoping it would mean something to someone and added, “The way we make sense of life is through our stories.” Here are five revelations the 42-year-old made in her diary.

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Minka Kelly on her decision to terminate her teenage pregnancy

Kelly started dating a man named Rudy when she was 16 while he was 22. She became pregnant during their toxic relationship, and although she was against abortion at first, she later realized that it was the “right choice” as she herself was living a precarious life at that point. “I couldn’t tell Rudy. He was already so controlling of me,” she revealed.

“This would cement his rights over me and my body forever,” Kelly added, then revealed, “I couldn’t imagine bringing a child into what my mother brought me. Raising a child with my mother would only perpetuate this family trauma.” Added to the many generations of pain, wasn’t there enough damage already?”

Minka Kelly talks about dating Friday Night Lights co-star Taylor Kitsch

Kelly and Taylor Kitsch first met while filming the hit drama Friday Night Lights. “I immediately liked him,” she said. “He was fun, adventurous, and didn’t take himself too seriously.” Kelly revealed that despite being warned by the show’s creator that being with her co-star “always ends badly”, the two began dating.

“When it was good, it was good. But we were very young, very sensitive, with our own unaddressed personal trauma, so when it was bad, it was really bad. It was hard for him to separate from the person he had to work with every day.” “. “My heart was so wary I couldn’t even admit that this was a real relationship with real feelings. I minimized what we shared, the way I do everything else in my life,” Kelly explained.

Minka Kelly on Harvey Weinstein wants her to be his girlfriend

Kelly also revealed that she met former film producer and former convict Harvey Weinstein at an industry party. She claimed that he offered her a life of luxury in exchange for her being his girlfriend. Although she turned down the offer by acting flattered at the time, the actress felt differently about the situation later when his crimes came to light.

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“When all the details of #MeToo came out, I realized I was complicit in protecting him. I was also complicit in making him feel good about the gross proposal he made. At the time, the only safe way I saw him was to say I was flattered,” Kelly revealed in her diary. .

Minka Kelly talks about being forced to pay her ex-boyfriend $50,000 for a minor videotape

Kelly also revealed that she was forced to make a sex tape with her ex-boyfriend Rudy when she was 17 years old. “I spoke and acted like a little child. I had known for a long time that I had changed my behavior to calm him down…but watching him on video made me cringe. On screen she wasn’t a woman full of desire; this was a little girl doing whatever was necessary to keep her safe,” she recounted. Its real feeling watching the tape.

Years later, Rudy tried to sell it for distribution, and Kelly was forced to hire an attorney and pay $50,000 for a signed release claiming he would send her all copies of the tape. “This was my child abuse on display. I had worked so hard to escape this role that I found myself trapped in, and now, the idea that it could be broadcast to the entire world made me feel like I was going to die.”

Minka Kelly talks about embracing being the daughter of strippers

Kelly’s mother worked as a stripper when she was young and “in reaction to how” her mother dressed, she began wearing “tight clothing designed to attract the attention of men” which “seemed to flirt with danger”. Years later, when she took pole dancing lessons as an emotional outlet, Kelly was able to see herself “clearly for the first time.”

She said, “I was strong, and it felt good to celebrate my femininity, my sexuality, my sensuality. My joy was fueled by my own inner feelings of accomplishment. I didn’t need anyone to see or approve of me to take advantage of it.” Kelly further added, “Embracing that side of myself, a side I had been locking away for so long, my relationship with my mother grew deeper and stronger. I found empathy for both of us.”

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Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.