Welsh singer Duffy was “raped, drugged, and held captive”
Duffy, the popular Welsh singer who has been away from the public eye for a number of years, has revealed that she was “raped, drugged, and held captive” and has been on recovery since.
The 35-year-old, who achieved international success following the release of single ‘Mercy in 2008, saw her debut album, Rockferry, go platinum seven times and win three Brit Awards and a Grammy Award.
However, since the release of her second album Endlessly in 2010, Duffy has been on hiatus and removed from the public eye. Now, in a deeply emotional and honest statement, the singer has revealed her battles to recover from a traumatic incident in her private life.
“I was raped and drugged and held captive over some days,” she wrote in a post on social media.
Duffy continued: “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.”