AT AN INTIMATE reading of Megan Fox’s newly released poetry book Tuesday, Pretty Boys Are Poisonous, the Jennifer’s Body actress spent the last moments of the conversation answering questions from the audience. One 22-year-old attendee was brought to tears as she asked what Fox would tell her younger self.

“I wish I lived out my Leonardo DiCaprio phase,” she joked.

In Fox’s 176-page book of poetry, the actress paints a picture of the physical and emotional abuse she experienced in her relationships, along with a miscarriage. During an hour-long talk at the Manhattan music venue Racket, Fox expanded on her difficult childhood, navigating toxic relationships, and handling criticism as a public figure.

The talk began with a reading of her poem “I’ve Always Liked Serpents,” which analogizes the story of Adam and Eve: “Maybe the original sin / was a man / taking a woman / for granted.”  During the conversation with Bustle editor-at-large Samantha Leach, Fox described the book as an opportunity to expel her past trauma. Many moments did not make the final cut, Fox said, but she emphasized an eagerness to publish before its forecasted 2024 release date. The Expend4bles actress spent late nights in hotel rooms and at home penning the book, while listening to dark classical music playlists, and said she used humor as a survival mechanism in order to confront her traumatic experiences.

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In a reading of the poem “I Would Die for Y– oh, j/k lol,” the actress told a story of a detached Romeo and Juliet, reading, “I still imagine she kills herself in the end though / only he doesn’t follow / he just signs up for Raya instead.”

“The tragedy and comedy is really the same story,” Fox offered during the book discussion.

Although her book doesn’t identify anyone by name, Fox spoke to Good Morning America Tuesday and said she had been in at least one physically abusive relationship and psychologically abusive relationship in her past.