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Musician Duffy has been dealing privately with the trauma of being drugged, raped, and held captive, as she revealed in a recent Instagram post.
The 35-year-old Welsh singer, born Aimee Anne Duffy, seemed to step back from the spotlight around 10 years ago as her star began to rise, and she took to social media on Tuesday to explain why.
“Many of you wonder what happened to me, where did I disappear to and why … 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 wrote. “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,” she continued.
Duffy is known by most for her hit song “Mercy,” which seemed to rule the airwaves in 2008. She took home a Grammy for best pop vocal album the following year. Her most recent album, a sophomore effort entitled “Endlessly,” was released in 2010, but failed to reach the same level of international success as her first. She announced a hiatus from music the following year, Welsh outline Wales Online reported. She then seemed to step out of the spotlight for years. However, Duffy said Tuesday that she was contacted by a journalist last summer and she “told him everything,” adding that it “felt so amazing to finally speak.”
“You wonder why I did not choose to use my voice to express my pain?” her post reads. “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’s post does not detail the traumatic incident, nor did she name her alleged captor. She did, however, state that a filmed interview will be released in the coming weeks.
“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,” she wrote, before concluding her post by asking that her desire for her family's privacy be respected.
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