Exclusive: Jesse James Claims He's a Victim of Child Abuse

James' Treatment: Not Sex Addiction, but Self-Sabotage

In rehab, James said he determined he wasn't a sex addict -- at least in the traditional sense.

"I don't think I have a sex addiction where I'm running around trying to have sex with everyone and I can't stop," James said. "I think I do things to sabotage my life, including having extramarital affairs, texting, overworking myself, injuring myself, doing stunts and stupid things. I think I do a lot of things in my life that I shouldn't be doing that aren't conducive to being a perfect husband, you know, and the affairs are just one of them."

But many people who were abused don't go on to cheat on their wives. James countered that many victims of abuse do go on to "sabotage" their lives, either through drug addictions or in his case, with extramarital affairs.

"There's a lot of people who are abused that go on to abuse, or go on to do drugs...or go on to, you know, cut themselves ...They'll do it to self-sabotage their life to because, because of their abuse they've never felt good enough," James said. "Why would I totally destroy my wife's life and humiliate her when I knew it was bad, you know? I may seem like a monster in peoples' eyes, but I'm not that kind of person where I will willfully, you know, 'I'm gonna get her, I'll show her,' that's not what it's about. It's about trying to push someone away that I thought was going to leave anyway."

Bullock filed for divorce in April, after James' infidelity made headlines. Despite their plans to divorce, he said he hopes to continue a relationship with Bullock.

James said he feels like a different man since he checked out of rehab.

"I lived this false self for so long because I, you know, I didn't want anybody to see the real me," he said. "I really wish I didn't have to go through all this and put everybody else through this to get to this place, but hopefully with time and my actions, and the things that I do, I hope people realize that, you know, Hey, I'm human, I make mistakes and I'm sorry for what I did."

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