In an interview with ABC’s Nightline, Vanessa Williams revealed that she got pregnant and had an abortion without her mother’s knowledge when she was a teenager.
“Being pregnant is the most frightening thing that happens in your life,” she explained. “I knew in high school that’s something that I was not prepared to do or fight or struggle with.”
The 49-year-old actress appeared on the show to discuss her new memoir, “You Have No Idea.” In the book, she opens up about dark incidents from her past, including the fact that she was molested by a family friend at the age of 10. Williams said she hopes that sharing her own childhood struggles will help others who are experiencing similar difficulties.
“I’ve learned to embrace my past,” she said. “I embrace the choices that I have been given in my life.”
Williams now has four children – three from her first marriage to former manager Ramon Harvey II and one child with ex-husband and basketball star Rick Fox.