In an exclusive interview with Closer Weekly, award-winner Margaret Cho talks about how comedy saved her life and opens up about her new relationship.

“Stand-up comedy saved my life,“ she tells Closer, on newsstands now. As a victim of sexual abuse for years as a girl and rape as a teenager, Margaret tells Closer, “I was much safer in the world of comedy than I was in school.”

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Margaret (center) performing a skit at the Golden Globes in January 2015.

“I didn’t want to attend school with disgusting bullies. I wanted independence and control over my life,” Margaret explains to Closer Weekly. “I was also so shy and I realized that comedy could help me relate to people. It’s easier for me to speak to a crowd.”

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And after separating from her artist husband, Al Ridenour, last year, Margaret remains positive. “I’m very sad about it but it’s the right thing to do. We still love each other. People grow apart, which is sad, but unfortunately that’s what happened.”

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Margaret in January 2015.

Margaret, who is currently in a new relationship, tells Closer she is very happy. “I’m in a relationship with a guy now that’s very monogamous, and there’s a young innocence, which is what I needed. I’ve never had that before and I’m very proud of it.”

When asked what her proudest accomplishment is thus far, the hilarious comedienne tells Closer, “The fact that my liver is still functioning! [Laughs] That I’m still around doing comedy and still loving it. It’s my greatest joy.”

To read the full interview with Margaret, pick up the new issue of Closer Weekly, on newsstands now!