Wainwright's rape in London as a teen was a troubling ordeal
that, he said, he was able to resolve after meeting
Tori Amos. In an exclusive interview with Me-Me-Me.tv,
the singer spoke about facing his past.
"I was touring
with Tori Amos for about two months in America and she
had her organization called RAINN--which is Rape Abuse
and Incest National Network--and she would do
this whole thing where after each show she would talk
to people who had been abused as young people," Wainwright
said in the interview. At first, he said, he ignored
her outreach to others. However, he realized his
inability to maintain a successful relationship was
probably linked to his being raped at age 14.
"I never went to
one of those meetings and talked to her about it. But
it did open my eyes," he said in the May 15 interview.
Wainwright also discussed a stint in rehab after his
crystal meth use, therapy sessions, and an odd meeting
with Celine Dion.
"I met her once
at the [Juno Awards]," he said. "Someone introduced us
and said, 'Celine, this is Rufus Wainwright;
Rufus, this is Celine Dion,' and the only
thing she said to me was, 'That shirt looks
yellow on TV,' and then walked away. But she was
right, it did look yellow. I don't think it was
a question of being a bitch or
anything--she's just such a mechanical show
business creature." (The Advocate)