Marcus Mumford has revealed he hired a trauma specialist to look at his new music for fear he would trigger listeners with the raw lyrics.
The Mumford & Sons frontman, 35, has previously revealed he was sexually abused – and opened up about the traumatic ordeal caused by his debut solo album Self-Titled.
Discussing the process of writing such an honest album, the musician also recalled breaking down in tears during the recording of the song “Cannibal” — which details the sexual abuse he suffered through a series of hard-hitting lyrics .
During a recent chat with The Guardian, Marcus spoke candidly about the process of making the album and why he did it.
The singer admitted he was careful to properly present Cannibal’s lyrics to listeners and shared that a trauma specialist reviewed them prior to release.
“I didn’t want to just put traumatic stuff out there and activate or trigger people,” explains Marcus – and admits he also “broke down in tears” while recording the song.
Cannibal depicts the singer’s childhood trauma through anger and emotion — including lines like “You F***ing Animal.”
Despite the intensely personal lyrics, Marcus explained that releasing them to the world “felt like a natural and helpful part of my process.”
The singer previously shared that talking about the abuse helped ease years of shame, echoing this as he continued: “I was less engulfed in shame. Taking those intimate things, those private moments and making them as widely known as possible – that’s just a hackneyed thing.
“But I think there’s magic in that because you’re giving people an opportunity to connect through it,” he shared.
Marcus’ distraught mother, Eleanor, only found out about the abuse 30 years later when the lyrics to his new album were released.
Speaking to GQ Magazine about the abuse last month, he recalled playing Cannibal to his mother, who came back to him two days later and asked him what the song was about.
Eleanor was shocked when he revealed he had been abused, and Marcus reflected on the trauma his mother must have experienced when she found out about the abuse via the song’s “damn hilarious” medium.
Addressing the abuse for the first time, he continued: “Like many people – and I’m learning more and more about this as we go and play it to people – I was sexually abused as a child.
“Not in the family and not in the church, as some might think. But I hadn’t told anyone about it for 30 years.
Marcus’ parents, John and Eleanor, were international leaders of the neo-Charismatic evangelical Christian denomination, the Vineyard Churches.
He added, “And for some reason, and I can’t really understand why, I didn’t become a perpetrator of the sexual abuse — although I did do my fair share of c**tish behavior.”
Marcus, who shares two children with his wife Carey Mulligan, explained how he was at “rock bottom” after completing the tour with Mumford & Sons’ 2018 album Delta, when his loved ones realized he wasn’t acting right and called out on him to seek help.
Despite the release of his solo album, Marcus remains a part of Mumford & Sons – and hopes to see the band again next year.