Singer Duffy reveals rape ordeal to ‘help others who have suffered the same’

The pop star says she was drugged in a restaurant and taken to a foreign country

Welsh soul singer Duffy on Tuesday attributed her long musical hiatus to a violent assault that saw her ‘raped and drugged and held captive over some days’. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images.

Welsh soul singer Duffy on Tuesday attributed her long musical hiatus to a violent assault that saw her ‘raped and drugged and held captive over some days’. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images.

 

Duffy has shared a harrowing account of being raped, drugged and held captive for weeks — and said she was telling her “dark” story to help “others who have suffered the same”.

Via a post on her verified Instagram page, the singer (35), said that she was drugged at a restaurant on her birthday before being held captive in her own home and taken to a foreign country.

In a long post written on a web page that she shared a link to via Instagram, Duffy added: “I hope it comforts you to feel less ashamed if you feel alone.”

The Welsh singer, whose full name is Aimee Duffy, first revealed her ordeal via an Instagram post in February, and revealed more details of being kidnapped on her webpage.

She said: “It was my birthday, I was drugged at a restaurant, I was drugged then for four weeks and travelled to a foreign country.

“I can’t remember getting on the plane and came round in the back of a travelling vehicle.

“I was put into a hotel room and the perpetrator returned and raped me.

“I remember the pain and trying to stay conscious in the room after it happened.

“I was stuck with him for another day, he didn’t look at me, I was to walk behind him, I was somewhat conscious and withdrawn.

“I could have been disposed of by him.”

She added that she does not know how she had “the strength to endure those days”, and claimed the perpetrator made “veiled confessions of wanting to kill me”.

Duffy said she was sharing her ordeal because “we are living in a hurting world”.

She added: “I am no longer ashamed that something deeply hurt me, anymore. I believe that if you speak from the heart within you, the heart within others will answer.

“As dark as my story is, I do speak from my heart, for my life, and for the life of others, whom have suffered the same.”

Duffy said that she escaped by “fleeing”, but did not provide an account of how she got away, adding she “cannot remember getting home”.

She said that she initially feared going to the police, but eventually told a female officer what happened after someone threatened to “out her story”.

Duffy added that she was at “high risk of suicide” following the ordeal and has spent “almost 10 years completely alone”.

But she said she now feels she can “leave this decade behind” and is now “free”, thanking her psychologist for helping her through the trauma.

She said she hopes to release “a body of work some day”, but added: “I very much doubt I will ever be the person people once knew.”

When Duffy broke her silence about the incident she said many of her fans would “wonder what happened to me, where did I disappear to and why”.

Her last album, Endlessly, came out in 2010.

Last month a new song by the singer, titled Something Beautiful, aired on BBC Radio 2. – PA

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