As far memoirs go, Kara DioGuardia’s upcoming A Helluva High Note, has a lot of low notes in the songwriter’s life.
DioGuardia reveals her childhoos sexual trauma, beginning at the age of 11, at the hands of family friend’s son, who assaulted her in a backyard shed.
“On one particular day, he took me into the back shed of his house and put his hands all over my breasts and vagina,” she writes. “I remember freezing and not knowing what to do.”
The former American Idol judge also recounts her date rape, in 2000, as her career was taking off, by a “fairly known producer” who took Kara out to dinner one night.
“[W]ithin a few hours, he was on top of me, pumping, sweating and speaking to me in Spanish, not a word of which I could understand.” Unable to fight him off because he was too strong, DioGuardia asked him to stop repeatedly to no avail.
The 40 year-old also sheds light on her A.I. departure saying she wasn’t fired, she left because she wanted to have a baby and asked to be let out of her contract.
“I wanted a child, and there was no way I could get pregnant under the stress of 18-hour work days and live TV,” she writes. “I had undergone three unsuccessful rounds of IVF during Season 9.”
“Leaving was painful, and there will always be a part of me that wanted to stay,” DioGuardia said. “But my desire to be in control of my destiny was larger than my need to be a household name.”
Her memoir will be on sale April 26th. She is also costarring with Jewel in Bravo TV’s upcoming reality program, Platinum Hit, which debuts on May 30th.