Matthew McConaughey Reveals He Was Blackmailed Into Losing His Virginity — ‘At the Time, I Was Sure I Was Going To Hell’

Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey is widely regarded as one of the most attractive men in Hollywood. Named the “Sexiest Man Alive” in 2005, it’s safe to assume that he’s gotten a lot of attention from women over the course of his life. However, not all of the attention has been positive. 

McConaughey recently revealed that his first sexual encounter was against his own will, as he was blackmailed into performing an act. 

Matthew McConaughey recalls being blackmailed into losing his virginity

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McConaughey shared his experience with sexual abuse during a recent interview with Graham Bensinger

“Not the ideal way to lose your virginity, but it’s how I lost mine,” McConaughey said. “It was very clear that … the way that it was happening to me, the way that I was having at that time was not the way I wanted it to be. Nor thought it should be for anybody.”

He thought he was going to be punished for the encounter 

McConaughy has said on numerous occasions that he’s a devout Christian. His faith is a big reason why he felt he was going to be punished for the sexual encounter. 

“At the time, I was sure I was going to hell for the premarital sex,” McConaughey revealed. “But now I’m merely sure that I hope that’s not the case.”

In hindsight, McConaughey wishes he hadn’t given in to the demands of his blackmailer.

“Yeah, I was raised on the, you know, ‘Don’t have sex until you’re married,’ and so that was one thing,” McConaughey said. “But then the other thing [is] that it was a blackmail situation. No, I mean I’ll say this. I’ve had times where I’m like the blackmail wasn’t worth it.”

Matthew McConaughey sometimes wishes he’d have called the blackmailer’s bluff


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According to McConaughey, things might have gone differently for him if he’d have challenged the blackmailer who threatened him. 

“It was a heavy-duty blackmail, but I have had times where I’m like, ‘You should’ve just said ‘Go for it. Do, say exactly what it is you want to do. I ain’t doing it,’” McConaughey said. “It might have been worth going, ‘Hey, f–k you, go for it. Turn me in.”

The Oscar winner was sexually abused while he was unconscious 

Earlier in the interview, the Dallas Buyers Club star also revealed that he’d been sexually abused by a man when he was unconscious. 

“Well, one, I remember being grateful that I’d come to and sort of woke up with enough time to—and consciousness to—defend the situation,” McConaughey said. 

Matthew McConaughey says the experience didn’t alter his views toward sex 

Although the experience was indeed traumatic, McConaughey said the experience didn’t have a profound effect on his future relationships. 

“I mean, mentally, it didn’t askew anything in mind,” McConaughey said. “It didn’t change the way I saw the world or the way I viewed reality or healthy sexual interactions, or anything like that. It was very clear to me that I was in a very unfortunate situation. It was also very clear to me that I wanted to get the hell out. As far away from it as I could get. You know, talk about a divine intervention. … That I came to at the time I did before it could’ve gotten a lot uglier.”

How to get help: In the U.S., call the RAINN National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 to connect with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.