Singer Duffy revealed that she was "raped and drugged and held captive,” in a shocking confession after disappearing from the music scene since 2011.
Aimee Anne Duffy, 35, posted a black and white photo showing off her long hair and penned an emotional revelation.
“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,” she began.
Best known for her hit song, “Mercy,” Duffy continued, “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.”
Duffy revealed a horrifying incident for the first time.
“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,” she assured her fans.
“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.”
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“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,” she wrote on her Instagram page on February 25.
Hard To Work
“I asked myself, how can I sing from the heart if it is broken,” she wrote, but said she healed. “And slowly it unbroke.”
“In the following weeks I will be posting a spoken interview,” Duffy said. “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.”
Show The Love
“Please respect this is a gentle move for me to make, for myself, and I do not want any intrusion to my family,” she wrote to her fans. “Please support me to make this a positive experience.”
If you or anyone you know has been sexually abused, please call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673). A trained staff member will provide confidential, judgment-free support as well as local resources to assist in healing, recovering and more.