MARCUS MUMFORD has revealed he was sexually abused at the age of six, repressing the painful memory until writing his recent single Cannibal.

He said: "Like lots of people, and I'm learning more and more about this as we go and as I play it to people, I was sexually abused as a child.

"Not by family and not in the church, which might be some people's assumption. But I hadn't told anyone about it for 30 years."

The Mumford and Sons frontman told GQ mag he hit "rock bottom" in 2019 and was struggling with alcohol and his eating habits.

He has since found a therapist who he opened up to about his ordeal, which has had a huge impact on his health.

After playing the song to his mother, a couple of days later she asked what the song was about.

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Marcus told her it was about "the abuse thing" and they later had a conversation about it.

Recalling that moment, Marcus said: "So once we get through the trauma of that moment for her, as a mother, hearing that and her wanting to protect and help and all that stuff, it’s objectively f***ing hilarious to tell your mum about your abuse in a f***ing song, of all things.”

Marcus shot to fame in 2009 as part of folk-rock band Mumford and Sons.

They signed with Island Records that year and released their single Little Lion Man which topped the charts.

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They later released their first album Sigh No More and won album of the year in 2011.

Mumford and Sons also released three other albums Babel, Wilder Mind and Delta.

The band split last year.

Marcus revealed that he had been working on his first album – Self-Titled – earlier this year.

He tied the knot with Carey Mulligan in 2012 and share two children.

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