Duffy, the popular Welsh singer who has been away from the public eye for a number of years, has debuted her first new music since she revealed that she was “raped, drugged, and held captive” and has been in 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, after revealing the harrowing incident that she became victim to, Duffy has shared her first new music in years. “You may have read the words I wrote a few weeks back. I feel freer,” the singer said in a statement issued to Jo Whiley’s BBC Radio 2 show.
Duffy added: “I wanted to follow it up with a spoken interview but it’s harder than I thought. I’ll follow up in writing soon… It’s just something for you to play people on the radio during these troubling times, if you like the song of course, if it lifts spirits. I don’t plan to release it. I just thought a little something might be nice for people if they’re at home if they’re on lockdown. Loads of love to you.”
Earlier this year, in a deeply emotional and honest statement which was posted on social media, the singer 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.”
You can stream ‘Something Beautiful’, the new single from Duffy, via this link to BBC Sounds. Duffy’s song can be heard at the 1h 56m mark.