Viola Davis apologizes to her abusive father: ‘It’s reuniting the young man

By Melissa Romualdi.

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Viola Davis continues to share her tragic story.

The Oscar-winning actress said People About his new memoirs Find me A detailed account of his journey out of poverty, during which he and his five siblings plunged into a dumpster for food.

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The “First Lady” star, 56, also opened up about witnessing the physical and emotional abuse suffered by her mother, May Alice, at the hands of her alcoholic father, Dan.

Viola Davis covers People magazine
Viola Davis covers People magazine
– Photo: Peggy Sirota

“Everything I’ve experienced connects me to the world,” Davis said. “It simply came to our notice then. It’s about reuniting that young girl with me and healing me from the past – and finding a home. “

Before Davis died of pancreatic cancer in 2006, part of that healing began with his father’s choice to forgive his mother.

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“My dad has changed,” Davis explained. “I wanted to love my dad. And here’s the thing: my dad loved me. I saw it. I felt it. I got it, and I accepted it. For me, who he was and what he did was such a big, heavy weight. It’s a much better gift and understanding than going through my whole life. It’s my choice. It’s my legacy: forgiving my dad. “

Davis added that instead of being “messy” and angry, he owns everything that happened to him.

“It’s a part of who I am.”

Find me Set for April 26 release.

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