In her brand-new emotional song, ‘Make You’, released on July 7, Lindsay Ell reveals that she was sexually assaulted as a young teen.
With just weeks to go until the release of her new record, ‘Heart Theory’, Lindsay Ell released a new song from the album on July 7. The track, ‘Make You’, is her most personal and emotional song to date.
On the song, Lindsay reveals that she was raped at the age of 13, and opens up about how difficult the situation has been for her to overcome in the years since. The story starts from the very first line of the song, when Lindsay croons, “Thirteen, staring in the mirror, you still look so innocent but that was all gone yesterday.”
Other lyrics include, “You’ll feel dirty, you’ll feel guilty for what was done to you” and “When you’re broken past what a broken heart can take, the cracks’ll heal but you’ll always feel the break, and that’s what’s gonna make you.”
The 31-year-old musician purposely chose to release the song on July 7 as it is the World Forgiveness Day.
Speaking to People, Lindsay said: “Forgiving people in our past is a huge thing for whatever reason. But forgiving yourself is so important. There’s an incredible amount of healing that can happen and it can’t happen until you can truly open up that forgiveness for your own heart.” In the interview, she also revealed that she was raped for a second time, when she was 21.
The Canadian singer says the first assault was by a man in her church who was friends with her family. She says she failed to open up to her parents about what had happened until she was 20 years old. She didn’t go into detail about the second incident, but she did admit that it was “a lot more violent.”
In addition to sharing her story, Lindsay has also launched the ‘Make You Movement’ under the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The organization will support “at-risk youth, domestic abuse and sexual assault survivors.” Proceeds from ‘Make You’ will also go to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network.
“Through healing we reach new levels of honesty with ourselves and what made us who we are,” Lindsay wrote on Instagram. “Our stories can help create hope and change for other survivors…and we can turn our pain into something good.”
Lindsay’s album, Heart Theory, is due to be released on August 14.