Duffy Reveals She Was "Raped, Drugged and Held Captive"

The 'Rockferry' singer opened up about her recent absence from the public eye
Duffy Reveals She Was "Raped, Drugged and Held Captive"
In 2008, Welsh singer Duffy emerged with her fantastic breakthrough album Rockferry. Then a contemporary of Amy Winehouse and Adele, the singer was mostly out of the public spotlight for the 2010s. Now, she has opened up about the traumatic reason for her relative anonymity, saying she was abducted, drugged and raped.

In a lengthy post on Instagram, the singer explained she was contacted by a journalist who asked her where she had been in the last few years.

"The truth is, and please trust me I am OK and safe now, I was raped and drugged and held captive over some days," she said. "Of course I survived. The recovery took time. There's no light way to say it. But I can tell you in the last decade, the thousands and thousands of days I committed to wanting to feel the sunshine in my heart again, the sun does now shine."

Duffy added she did not choose to turn that pain into music because her heart was broken from the ordeal. "You wonder why I did not choose to use my voice to express my pain? I did not want to show the world the sadness in my eyes. I asked myself, how can I sing from the heart if it is broken? And slowly it unbroke."

Duffy asked for no intrusion into her personal family life, adding a spoken interview with a journalist will be released in the coming weeks.

Following Rockferry, she released Endlessly in 2010. Duffy only released one song in the 10 years since — "Whole Lot of Love," which appeared in the 2015 gangster film Legend.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

You can only imagine the amount of times I thought about writing this. The way I would write it, how I would feel thereafter. Well, not entirely sure why now is the right time, and what it is that feels exciting and liberating for me to talk. I cannot explain it. Many of you wonder what happened to me, where did I disappear to and why. A journalist contacted me, he found a way to reach me and I told him everything this past summer. He was kind and it felt so amazing to finally speak. The truth is, and please trust me I am ok and safe now, I was raped and drugged and held captive over some days. Of course I survived. The recovery took time. There's no light way to say it. But I can tell you in the last decade, the thousands and thousands of days I committed to wanting to feel the sunshine in my heart again, the sun does now shine. You wonder why I did not choose to use my voice to express my pain? I did not want to show the world the sadness in my eyes. I asked myself, how can I sing from the heart if it is broken? And slowly it unbroke. In the following weeks I will be posting a spoken interview. If you have any questions I would like to answer them, in the spoken interview, if I can. I have a sacred love and sincere appreciation for your kindness over the years. You have been friends. I want to thank you for that x Duffy Please respect this is a gentle move for me to make, for myself, and I do not want any intrusion to my family. Please support me to make this a positive experience.

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