Duffy is speaking out for the first time after being “raped and drugged and held captive.”
The Grammy winner, who shot to fame with her 2008 single “Mercy” and album “Rockferry,” opened up to fans on Instagram, writing, “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.”
She went on, “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.”
Thankfully she survived, but said “the recovery took time.”
“There’s no light way to say it,” Duffy wrote. “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.”
The 35-year-old explained that in the weeks to come she will be posting a “spoken interview.”
She ended by writing, “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.” The star asked that everyone “please respect this is a gentle move for me” and to please make this a “positive experience.”
Duffy seemed to drop out of the spotlight after her second album “Endlessly” in 2010. She did, however, release three songs for the “Legend” soundtrack, a movie she appeared in with Tom Hardy in 2015.