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Six Pack: Chester Bennington's Demons

The Linkin Park singer's demons – in his own words

Having swooped into the UK to play a short tour in support of their Hunting Party album, Linkin Park's Chester Bennington reveals all.


“I don’t want to sound like I had the worst life in the world but growing up wasn’t a whole lot of fun. It was very scary and very lonely.

“I started getting molested when I was about seven or eight. It was by a friend who was a few years older than me. It escalated from a touchy, curious, ‘what does this thing do’ into full-on, crazy violations. I was getting beaten up and being forced to do things I didn’t want to do. It destroyed my self-confidence. Like most people, I was too afraid to say anything. I didn’t want people to think I was gay or that I was lying. It was a horrible experience.

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