During his conversation with People, John Stamos reflected on the process of writing his memoir, revealing that it was during this experience that he confronted the reality that his abuser’s actions were truly inappropriate. As a 10-year-old, he justified the babysitter’s behavior and kept it a secret. Stamos acknowledged, “I think I told myself, ‘Ah, it’s girls, man.’”
However, as he delved into the nature of his childhood trauma, he also realized he wasn’t approaching his memoir honestly. “I did set out to write a hero story, but then as I was doing it, I was like, ‘No, I’m going to tell a human story,’” the actor shared with the outlet.
Stamos echoed the sentiment in his interview with The New York Times, admitting that it took him years to be completely honest with himself and the world. He explained, “[I was] trying to fulfill someone else’s idea [of] living vicariously through me,” referencing his father’s advice to avoid controversial topics and oversharing. As he peeled back his internal layers, his memoir gradually began to take form. During an appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” Stamos mentioned that he had never envisioned himself writing a book. However, he came to the realization that he had a compelling story to share.