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Terry Crews opens up about porn addiction, marriage to wife Rebecca in new joint audiobook

Terry Crews reflected on his marriage – and his battle with porn addiction – ahead of the release of his new audiobook, “Stronger Together.”

Crews sat down with Jimmy Kimmel Wednesday, joking that the book, which he wrote with wife Rebecca King Crews, should have been called “Mistakes Were Made, Mostly By Me.” The memoir, released Thursday, reflects on the ups and downs of their 32-year marriage, from his porn addiction to his Black Lives Matter social media controversy.

“With porn and alcohol and different things like that, people think it’s a willpower issue, but it’s not. It’s literally a lack of information issue. Because the trick is you think it’s great. Everything works for you until it doesn’t, and that was one of the things I really wanted to get out,” Crews told Kimmel.

Crews said he’s focused on improving himself, but he is bound to mess up again because has a “lot of life left.”

Terry Crews attends the premiere of Focus Features' "Harriet." (Photo: Rachel Luna, Getty Images)

“I am focused on just improving, but this is the problem: You’re not allowed to do that. Everything gets you canceled, but I realized the only way to really grow is to try, and make your mistakes on the fly,” Crews said, adding he wants to show people he’s still around despite having made mistakes in the past.

The “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star said the idea for a joint book came when an attendee asked how his marriage survived following a talk Crews gave at a conference in Vietnam where he recounted all his missteps. Crews responded by letting his wife come on the stage and help answer the question. 

“When both of us tell the story at the same time it’s like watching it in 3-D because there’s two different perspectives,” Crews said. “We got to let people know what this is like, that you are stronger together. That you are better off, if you can make it work, try.”

Sgt. Terry Jeffords (Crews) has some lighthearted fun in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," which premiered in 2013. (Photo: Eddy Chen, FOX)

‘I thought I’d have to fight him’: Terry Crews started lifting to protect himself from abusive dad

Crews’ book also recounts the couples’ childhood, which Crews has spoken candidly about before.

The “America’s Got Talent” host opened up about his “violent” childhood on an of “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” earlier this month, revealing that he focused on building his strength to protect himself from his “abusive” and “alcoholic” father. 

“Growing up was not a good experience. My father was very abusive, you know, he used to beat my mother,” Crews told Grylls while trekking through the Icelandic Highlands. “It was one of those things where I knew I would have to get stronger because one day I thought I’d have to fight him. That’s how it started out.”

Crews recalled experiencing the need to defend his mother as early as age 5: “I always, always had been like, ‘Be fit, be ready, be prepared, be there.’ “

Contributing: Cydney Henderson

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