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As the granddaughter of Roy O. Disney — co-founder of the Walt Disney Company — Abigail Disney grew up in a world of privilege with unfettered access to “the happiest place on Earth”: Disneyland. But she says life wasn’t so magical in the Disney household; family life as a child could get violent, and she didn’t feel safe at home with her alcoholic parents.
“There's this assumption that I just was raised on fairy dust and rainbows,” Disney said in an interview with Yahoo News show “Through Her Eyes.” But Disney insists that was not the case.
“My parents were conservative and very strict. And both alcoholics,” Disney recalled. “So there was some violence in my home. Not all over the place, not all the time. But when you do get subjected to some violence as a child, you kind of never feel safe again. So we didn't feel safe in my home at all.”
When asked by host Zainab Salbi if the violence she had experienced was “emotional violence, or physical or both,” she replied: “Both.”
Disney has spoken publicly about trauma in her childhood, saying during the Brett Kavanaugh-Christine Blasey Ford hearings in September that Kavanaugh’s “rage and entitlement” triggered memories of her own father, Roy E. Disney. She adds that he eventually got the help he needed to change his behavior.