Amy Schumer is a very famous comedian and actress, but like most people, she has been through some real shit. The Trainwreck star gets even-more-candid-than-usual in her new book of essays, The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo. We hear all the time that celebrities are "just like us" (only with way more money and completely different lives), but these excerpts from People prove that Schumer might actually be just like us.
1) She had a rocky childhood.
When she was 13, her mom left her dad for the father of one of Amy's best friends, she details in one essay. Even worse, at the time Amy's mom turned to her daughter for support instead of vice versa. She recalls: "I was a child, new to my teens, and she was treating me like a seasoned psychiatrist." Being a teenager was kind of a nightmare for us too, amiright??
2) She was sexually assaulted.
At 17. By her first boyfriend. And she was a virgin at the time. Ugh. "I was seventeen years old and wanted my boyfriend to like me," she writes. After the assault, she recalls comforting him. This is sadly relatable to a lot of women, so it's cool of Amy to talk about it.
3) She met her current boyfriend on a dating app.
Not just any dating app though. A super artsy and exclusive one for "creative" (read: successful) people that Trainwreck co-star Vanessa Bayer told her about.
It worked. Schumer said Ben Hanisch, a furniture-maker and her current bf, showed up for their first date in the rain with a bottle of wine in a soaked paper bag. "We smiled at each other and in that moment, everything felt right," she writes. This is just like how we will meet our boyfriends too, probably.
4) She was in an abusive relationship.
She describes a terrifying relationship in her 20's with a boyfriend who physically and emotionally abused her and once even chased her with a knife. "It can happen to anyone," she writes. "You're not alone if it's happening to you, and you're not exempt if it hasn't happened to you yet." Preach!
5) She dealt with a sick parent.
Amy writes about growing up with a father who was diagnosed with MS decades ago, and how it affected her life. "The saddest revelation I've had in my life is that my parents are people," she writes. "Sad, human people." Woah, that literally describes all of our parents, too!
As if we all didn't already want Amy Schumer as our BFF.