Madonna has revealed that she was raped at knifepoint shortly after she first moved to New York.
In a lengthy essay for Harper’s Bazaar, the singer explains that she relocated to the city in 1978 “to become a REAL artist”.
“New York wasn’t everything I thought it would be,” she writes. “It did not welcome me with open arms. The first year, I was held up at gunpoint. Raped on the roof of a building I was dragged up to with a knife in my back, and had my apartment broken into three times. I don’t know why; I had nothing of value after they took my radio the first time.”
Later in the career-spanning essay, Madonna reveals that the “shit storm” surrounding her adoption of son David Banda in 2006 was “a real low point” in her life.
“I was accused of kidnapping, child trafficking, using my celebrity muscle to jump ahead in the line, bribing government officials, witchcraft, you name it. Certainly I had done something illegal!” she writes. “This was an eye-opening experience. A real low point in my life. I could get my head around people giving me a hard time for simulating masturbation onstage or publishing my Sex book, even kissing Britney Spears at an awards show, but trying to save a child’s life was not something I thought I would be punished for.”
In the essay, the often controversial singer also addresses her more challenging side, writing: “Yes, I like to provoke; it’s in my DNA. But nine times out of 10, there’s a reason for it.”
Last month (September 24) Madonna released a new short film entitled secretprojectrevolution to mark the launch of her Art for Freedom campaign. Speaking about the film shortly before its release, the singer said: “I hope my film and other submissions to Art for Freedom will be a call to action and give people a place to voice their own creative expression to help fight oppression, intolerance and complacency.”