Vanessa Williams spoke frankly about her experience with abortion as a teenager in a interview with ABC's Juju Chang.
The actress has made a number of surprising revelations about her childhood recently, as her memoir You Have No Idea, co-written with her mother, hits bookshelves.
Among the most startling admissions is that she had an abortion as a senior in high school and never told her parents.
When asked about it by Chang, Williams reflected on her decision.
"It's frightening," she said. "Being pregnant is the most frightening thing that happens in your life. I knew in high school that's something I wasn't prepared to do, or fight, or struggle with."
Other bombshells in the 49-year-old's memoir include how she was molested as a 10 year old.
Williams was the first black woman to win Miss America, in 1984. She currently stars on Desperate Housewives.