Corey Feldman weaves a harrowing Hollywood tale of sex, drugs and profound loneliness on his road to stardom in his new memoir. The actor’s book covers parental abuse, twisted friendships and devastating drug abuse.
As his career began to rise in hit movies like “Stand By Me,” “The Lost Boys,” “Gremlins” and “The Goonies,” he had no guidance or support from his parents. His mother, a former Playboy model who suffered from depression and drug problems, tortured her son about his weight and, at one point, force-fed him diet pills. He says his father was a musician who routinely encouraged Feldman to get high with him.
The star also reveals details of his relationships with co-star Corey Haim and pop star pal Michael Jackson.
By age 7, Feldman was a successful commercial actor and the main breadwinner of the family. His mother forbade him from riding a bike, saying he couldn’t afford to get injured. At work, Feldman started acting out and earning a reputation as a brat. When he was fired from a movie, she chased after him with a stick, screaming obscenities.
“She’s bent at the waist, ramming the pole under the cotton eyelet dust ruffle … jabbing at my ribs, my arms, my face,” he writes. “My skin is raw and bleeding. I think that, maybe, she is serious. She really does want to kill me.”
Feldman found refuge on Hollywood sets and yearned for adult role models and supporters. While director Steven Spielberg became a trusted friend, many adults let him down.
His father hired an assistant in his early 20s who Feldman calls “Ron.” The two became inseparable, with Ron providing Feldman with various drugs and eventually coercing him into sex.
Feldman says he was “petrified,” and “revolted” the first time Ron abused him, but their twisted friendship lasted for years.
Ron wasn’t the only pedophile Feldman encountered in his search for stable adult relationships. “Slowly, over a period of many years,” he writes, “I would begin to realize that many of the people I had surrounded myself with were monsters.”
One person he felt safe with was Michael Jackson. He calls the singer’s world his “happy place” and said Jackson brought him back to his innocence. Feldman says Jackson never touched him sexually or even attempted to during their friendship.