Duffy has revealed details of a four-week ordeal during which she says she was drugged at a restaurant on her birthday, taken to a foreign country and raped by an unnamed attacker.
In a statement on her official Instagram account, she said: “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.”
It’s the first time she’s given details of the terrifying experience, which led to her retreating from the spotlight.
“Rape is like living murder, you are alive, but dead,” she wrote.”All I can say is it took an extremely long time, sometimes feeling never-ending, to reclaim the shattered pieces of me.
“All I can say is it took an extremely long time, sometimes feeling never-ending, to reclaim the shattered pieces of me.”
She says she didn’t go to the police because it “didn’t feel safe”.
DUFFY WROTE ON HER WEBSITE !!
“It was my birthday, I was drugged at a restaurant, I was drugged then for four weeks and traveled to a foreign country.
“I can’t remember getting on the plane and came round in the back of a traveling vehicle. I was put into a hotel room and the perpetrator returned and raped me.”
The star said she then “could have been disposed of by him”. She contemplated running away but was afraid he would call the police.
“I do not know how I had the strength to endure those days, I did feel the presence of something that helped me stay alive.”
LIFE IN DANGER
She said she considered changing her name and appearance and disappearing altogether to live in another country.
“I thought the public disclosure of my story would utterly destroy my life, emotionally, while hiding my story was destroying my life so much more. I believe that not singing is killing me,” she wrote
.”So, I just have to be strong and disclose it and face all my fears head-on. I’ve come to realize I can’t erase myself, I live in my being, so I have to be completely honest and have faith in the outcome.