One of scandals Rob doesn't shy away from in his book is the sex tape leak that sent him into hiding in 1989. The tape of himself, a friend and two girls—one of whom was later revealed to be only 16 years old—was one of the first celebrity sex tapes to go public. "Let me just say this," Rob says. "Sometimes being a trailblazer is highly overrated."
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At the time, Rob was 22 years old and says he met the girl inside of a 21-and-over club—he says the doormen wouldn't allow him inside until he showed his ID. "So there's no way I would have ever thought anybody in the club would be underage," he says.
Rob says he felt like he was under siege after the tape leaked, but now, he's grateful for this low point. "It ends up being the greatest thing that ever happened to me," he says. "Because what it ends up doing is accelerating my alcohol [addiction] to where I finally get sober. I have been able to have the rest of my life that I'm so blessed with, which is now 20 years of sobriety."
By age 26, Rob says his partying had gotten out of control, and one day, he hit rock bottom.
Rob writes about the experience in his book: "I had long ago become a creation, a public image made to be consumed, piled on top of a precarious shell of a little boy wanting to be loved. Finally, the whole thing has caved in around me, and I am thrilled."