Drake Bell reveals he wrote the 2005 song 'In the End' about his experience with sexual abuse

Drake Bell reveals he wrote the 2005 song 'In the End' about his experience with sexual abuse
Drake Bell performs on MTV in 2006.Scott Gries/Getty Images
  • Drake Bell said he was sexually abused as a child star in the new docuseries "Quiet on Set."
  • After the show premiered, Bell shared a TikTok about his 2005 song, "In the End."

Drake Bell sang about the sexual abuse he suffered as a child star nearly two decades before the world would learn about his experience.

On Sunday, Bell shared a TikTok about "In the End," a deep cut from his 2005 debut album "Telegraph."

"Wrote this song when I was 15 about what happened before I said anything to anyone," Bell wrote in the caption.

"Another day, no one tells you what it means / What's in your way and poisoning your dreams / The darkest place that you've ever been," Bell sings in the pre-chorus.

The lyrics also reference "memories bringing you down" and "monsters in your head." Bell is the ballad's sole songwriter, according to credits provided to Spotify.


When "Telegraph" was released, Bell was at the peak of his teen-idol fame; the album also includes the popular track "Find a Way," which was used as the theme song for Bell's TV show "Drake & Josh," created by Dan Schneider for Nickelodeon.

Earlier this month, Bell appeared in the Investigation Discovery series "Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV" and spoke candidly about the trauma of child stardom. He revealed that he was sexually abused by Brian Peck, a Nickelodeon dialogue coach, who had befriended Bell on the set of "The Amanda Show."

Shortly after Bell finished filming season two of "The Amanda Show" in 2003, Peck was arrested on 11 charges related to allegations that he'd sexually abused a child.

In May 2004, Peck pleaded no contest to performing a lewd act with a 14- or 15-year-old and to oral copulation with a minor under 16. At the time, Bell remained anonymous as the minor involved in the case.

"Quiet on Set" marks the first time Bell has spoken publicly about Peck, who was sentenced to 16 months in prison and ordered to register as a sex offender in October 2004.


As BI's Kate Taylor previously reported, Bell said the docuseries gave him the chance to confront the "black ball of sludge" that had been "building, building, building" inside him for 25 years.

"If I'm going to tell my story," Bell told BI, "this is how it was supposed to be told."

A bonus fifth episode of "Quiet on Set," featuring a new interview with Bell, is set to air Sunday, April 7 at 8 p.m. ET on ID.