Jerry O’Connell apologized to his ex Stand by me co-star Wil Wheaton for not realizing he was being abused by a child.

The actors have remained good friends since starring together as children in the 1986 TV series.

Last May, around the 25th anniversary of the movie’s release, Wheaton shared about what he’s been through during his childhood and around the time filming.

He told the US press that he had suffered “a combination of incredible emotional abuse from my father and a lot of manipulation, using me, from my mother”.

On Thursday (April 14), O’Connell and Wheaton reunited for an episode of Conversationwhich O’Connell co-hosted.

“I heard before you talk about some of the struggles you went through Stand by meand you know, I was 11 then, which was an excuse, I wanted to apologize for not being with you more when you were younger,” O’Connell said.

“But I’d say, in the bigger picture, you never know what someone is going to go through when you’re with them. I don’t feel guilty but just wanted to say I’m sorry for not being with you more.”

(Left to Right) Wil Wheaton, Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O’Connell in ‘Stand By Me’

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Wheaton appreciated O’Connell’s words and made sure he didn’t need to apologize for not realizing.

“You are 11 years old,” Wheaton explained. “How can you know?

“Besides, all the trauma survivor audience knows this: we’re really, really, really good at covering up what we’re going through.”

In a previous interview with Yahoo!Wheaton said that he instilled his inner sadness into his portrayal of the character Gordie, and that he felt his true feelings from that point on when he watched it today.

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“When I watch Stand by me Now, I can’t ignore the unbelievable sadness in my eyes,” he said last year. And I couldn’t ignore the fact that it was that sadness, that isolation, that I thought gave me what Gordie needed to come to life.”

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