Carlos Santana recently made waves when he told People that he has forgiven his childhood abuser. Following that, Billy Idol publicly reacted to the news via Twitter. He wrote, providing context and citing the guitarist: “A man sexually abused Carlos Santana between the ages of 10 and 12, but he just forgave him, saying, ‘If I don’t forgive him, I go into the darkness with him.'” If I forgive him, I enter into the light, and he comes with me.’ Wow!” In a 2000 interview with Rolling Stone, Santana addressed the abuse for the first time, alleging that he was abused ‘nearly every day’ for two years by a man who crossed the Mexican border and brought him gifts. He reflected on the repercussions of this incident after presenting his story back then:
“Until 1995, every time I was angry with the original band or with my wife, it was all of that.” I’ve learnt how to channel all of my energy into something productive and creative. I’m sure I irritated the original members of the band and the first girls I was with at the time because I didn’t have a method to articulate, crystallize, and cure it. It’s now just fuel. You do something innovative with it.”
According to his recent statements, the guitarist employed the following way to reach the aforementioned point and recover himself: “For example, instead of sending this person who sexually abused me to hell forever, I visualized him as a child, with a lot of light behind him.” So I can either send him to the light or to hell, knowing that if I send him to hell, I’ll go with him. But if I send him to the light, I’m going to join him.
There’s an old adage that goes, ‘Hurt people hurt people.’ It’s my sorrow. It happened to me. But if you open your hands and let it go, you no longer feel it.” The next documentary ‘Carlos,’ which will be released on June 17, will go into further detail about Santana’s life and experiences. The singer will embark on his ‘1001 Rainbow Tour’ across North America a week after the launch.